of our patients at Boise Natural Health. Austin Dickinson waited several more years, joining the church in 1856, the year of his marriage. The loss remains unspoken, but, like the irritating grain in the oysters shell, it leaves behind ample evidence. Upending the Christian language about the word, Dickinson substitutes her own agency for the incarnate savior. At the same time that Dickinson was celebrating friendship, she was also limiting the amount of daily time she spent with other people. Lacking the letters written to Dickinson, readers cannot know whether the language of her friends matched her own, but the freedom with which Dickinson wrote to Humphrey and to Fowler suggests that their own responses encouraged hers. In the mid 1850s a more serious break occurred, one that was healed, yet one that marked a change in the nature of the relationship. Dickinsons comments on herself as poet invariably implied a widespread audience. This is a great option for our patients that are unable to make it into the office, that live far away, or that travel often.
As she reworked the second stanza again, and yet again, she indicated a future that did not preclude publication. Dickinsons last term at Amherst Academy, however, did not mark the end of her formal schooling.
Her poems frequently identify themselves as definitions: Hope is the thing with feathers, Renunciationis a piercing Virtue, Remorseis Memoryawake, or Eden is that old fashioned House. As Austin faced his own future, most of the Wedding Day: A Remembered Event his choices defined an increasing separation between his sisters world and his. To the Hollands she wrote, My business is to love. Her mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson, from the leading family in nearby Monson, was an introverted wife and hardworking housekeeper; her letters seem equally inexpressive and quirky. At the same time, Dickinsons study of botany was clearly a source of delight. Yet Susan admired the poetrys wit and verve and offered the kind of personally attentive audience Dickinson craved. The end of Sues schooling signaled the beginning of work outside the home. Higginson himself was intrigued but not impressed. His first recorded comments about Dickinsons poetry are dismissive.
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