Clark Griffith seeks to demonstrate that, if we come to terms with her true intellectual position, we find that Emily Dickinson is a tragic poet. He studies her special connection with the Age of Emerson, her dependence upon irony, her change in attitude from detachment to tragic involvement.
Originally published in 1964.
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Table of Contents
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Acknowledgments, pg. vii
- Contents, pg. ix
- Introduction, pg. 1
- 1. The Post-Romantic Child, pg. 17
- II. The Uses of Irony, pg. 41
- III. The Poet of Dread, pg. 73
- IV. The Aesthetics of Dying, pg. 111
- V. Emily and Him: The Love Poetry, pg. 149
- VI. Some Versions of the Self, pg. 185
- VII. Emily Dickinson and the Modern Sensibility, pg. 223
- Epilogue: The Clock, The Father, and the Child, pg. 273
- Index of Poems, pg. 303
- General Index, pg. 306