146 brief poems by Emily Dickinson, posthumously edited and published by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1914). The selection consists largely of verses sent with flowers or messages to “Sister Sue,” Emily's sister-in-law and nextdoor neighbor, Susan Gilbert Dickinson. Besides several poems expressing her warm feelings of friendship for her sister-in-law, there is a lyric on the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The title of the volume is derived from the first poem:Adventure most unto itselfThe Soul condemned to be;Attended by a Single Hound—Its own Identity.
Many of the verses are metaphysical or religious meditations, concerned with ecstatic personal concepts of the Deity and natural phenomena. Others combine fantasy with a transcendental attitude toward Biblical subjects, birds, flowers, the seasons, and the constellations, all in her delicate, elliptical, metaphoric manner.
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Emily Dickinson (1830—1886) American poet