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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today's Birthday Girl

Is Emily Dickinson! She was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her lifetime, she published only seven poems, but after her death, several thousand more were found among the bits and scraps of paper she left behind. The Emily Dickinson Archive collects those pieces of paper that have survived.

Let's celebrate her today as a real American original! The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, did just that on Monday with an early birthday celebration.

The Poetry Foundation has an extensive collection Dickinson-related work, from several dozens of her poems, to essays, to audios of others reading her work.

Children can enjoy some of Dickinson's poetry due to its simple structure and its familiar subjects such as birds and insects. Her life, too, real and imagined, may be of interest to children because she, like most children, was never able to stray too far from home.

There is no Frigate like a Book

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry--
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll--
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul.

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