If I read a book…

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.

– Emily Dickinson


born in Amherst, Massachusetts, The United States December 10, 1830
died: May 15, 1886
gender: female
genre: Poetry

Emily Dickinson was an American poet who, despite the fact that less than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime, is widely considered one of the most original and influential poets of the 19th century.

…A complete and mostly unaltered collection of her poetry became available for the first time in 1955 when The Poems of Emily Dickinson was published by scholar Thomas H. Johnson. Despite unfavorable reviews and skepticism of her literary prowess during the late 19th and early 20th century, critics now consider Dickinson to be a major American poet


11 thoughts on “If I read a book…

  1. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
    ― Emily Dickinson

  2. I dwell in possibility.
    – Emily Dickinson

  3. Have you ever been reading a book and you like it so much that you stop reading it and close it up. You just want to think about it some more. The writing or the characters or the story is just so powerful that you tingle. You just don’t want it to end.
    I have had that experience but can’t name one now. lol

    Not every book does that. Most you just want to read on and finish it in one sitting.

    • Actually, I do the opposite, if I like the book, I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it because it enthralls me (like Paulette’s book). However, I ‘ll go back and read it again and again over time. 🙂

  4. I love Emily Dickinson!

  5. This is a very interesting quote. I respond so differently. A wonderful book is like music – my breathing changes, probably to correspond with the rhythm of the words. I can’t imagine being cold.

    • I tried to think a book or poem that did that to me and couldn’t, either. Like Meme, said ‘a good book can really affect us in different ways.’ I’ve had heart-stopping moments, for example with Stephen King’s ‘horror’ genre, laughter with Oscar Wilde’s wit but I’m still waiting for Emily Dickinson’s ‘cold’ sensation! 😀

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