My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun

My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun It s coming the postponeless Creature This title features electrifying poems of isolation beauty death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America s greatest writers It is one of new

  • Title: My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun
  • Author: Emily Dickinson
  • ISBN: 9780241251409
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s coming the postponeless Creature This title features electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America s greatest writers It is one of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range a It s coming the postponeless Creature This title features electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America s greatest writers It is one of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

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    1. I felt a funeral in my brain,And mourners, to and fro,Kept treading, treading, till it seemedThat sense was breaking through.And when they all were seated,A service like a drumKept beating, beating, till I thoughtMy mind was going numb.And then I heard them lift a box,And creak across my soulWith those same boots of lead, again,Then space began to tollAs all the heavens were a bell,And Being but an ear,And I and silence some strange race,Wrecked, solitary, here.* And then a plank in reason, brok [...]

    2. Matt Haig, author of The Humans, kept mentioning in some of his works the importance of reading Emily Dickinson's poems and so here I am! I am quite overwhelmed, I should say. I'm giving this collection a temporary rating of 3 stars because I think I would need to reread it to further understand the workings of her mind. Her poems are unique; so unlike any other I had ever read. I am very curious and looking forward to reading her other works.

    3. From the school of rhyming (tee tum tee tum tee tum) poetry comesNothing! there is no depth, no pleasure. It just never evoked the imagination. Now there are people who think this is grand poetry, good for them.All in all this is a good example of why I never liked poetry for many, many years.

    4. Yikes. I really wanted to love Emily Dickinson (and I am not giving up on her just now, don't worry) but this selection of her poetry didn't impress me at all. There was not one memorable line that 'got me'.Maybe I should explain how I consume poetry for this to make sense. Whenever I read poetry collections I don't have the expectation that every poem will woe me, heck, I already know that most poems won't. What I look for is one poem, sometimes even just one verse, that totally gets me. That I [...]

    5. Not my cup of tea. And I've got to admit that I didn't know the meaning of many words so that was a little distracting.

    6. To the outside observer, this whole 'read one book of poetry per month' thing might seem to be off to quite a bad start.I picked this little number up at Avid Reader in Brisbane's West End on the weekend, because it was literally $3, I've never properly read Emily Dickinson (aside from 'Because I could not stop for death' obviously) and because I was feeling generally pretty down. As it turns out, Emily Dickinson is not the best to read when you're feeling down, as her themes tend to include dea [...]

    7. Emily Dickinson's “My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun” [Penguin Classics]Brilliant, complex, insightful. ****- - - I’m Nobody! Who are you?Are you – Nobody – too?Then there’s a pair of us!Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know! How dreary – to be – Somebody!How public – like a Frog –  To tell one’s name – the livelong June –  To an admiring Bog!(p8) The juxtaposition in the line “How public—like a Frog—” shocks the first-time reader, combi [...]

    8. Walton 1Kristen WaltonEnglish 2600Close Reading Paper One23 October 2015Controlling Metaphor and Personification in “[My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun]”[My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun] stands as one of Emily Dickinson’s most perplexingand enigmatic yet substantial pieces. The text begs consideration as the reader explores itspossible themes. With each effort, questions arise: Who is the narrator? Who is the Owner? Whatis the theme? What is the enduring message of the piece? The poet’s [...]

    9. Emily Dickinson's work is full of charm and wonder. She definitely had a way with rhymes that just fall in to place, they are not forced at all. She is raw and free with emotions and ideas. I loved this collection.I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too?Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!They’d banish us, you know.How dreary to be somebody!How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!Fame is a fickle foodUpon a shifting plate,Whose table once a [...]

    10. Not all poems were on the same level, I must confess. Some were really good and profound, while others were too short and weak. But I loved them all the same. Emily Dickinson was so strong and so vulnerable at the same time in her poetry, and I love her metaphors so much! She paints the world and love and death in such unique colours, that I cannot but appreciate her for it! I want to read more poetry by her, that's for sure.

    11. Nice to reconnect with Emily Dickinson's work via this slim volume - I read a lot of her stuff (Collected Works, and often) many years ago and have been forever-dazzled by its depth and economy. Was great to stick a toe in those waters again with this

    12. I love Emily Dickinson but felt like they could have selected other even better poems of her. Still good though.

    13. "Your breath has time to straighten, Your brain to bubble cool,--Deals one imperial thunderbolt That scalps your naked soul."<3<3<3

    14. Interesting, I definitely liked some poems more than others. A bit more humour here compared to the brooding Emily Bronte.

    15. Another great collection, this one mainly focusing on themes of death, immortality, human nature, and nature.

    16. Great collection of poems by Emily Dickinson to get into her style.Looking forward to read more by her in the future.

    17. I've thought about reading up on Emily Dickinson's poetry so I can have a quick head start for my English Ext 1 course. So I thought this would be a good place to start and I'm happy I picked up this little black book. I soon realised as Emily usually discusses death and life in her poetry which I love reading about. Some of her poems I enjoyed were: I felt a cleavage in my mind, The reticent volcano keeps, Death is like the insect, and Doom is the house without the door.

    18. (The review is more about the format of the book series, rather than about the book itself. You have been kindly reminded).Maybe at first you're wondering,"Why is there a publishing house that even bothers printing editions like this? I mean, a quid-priced, slim editions? A rearranging of contents (in this case, poems) from other volume of collection? Why the rework? Why the bother?" With all the seemingly redundant jobs I must admit that Penguin Classics does a nice branding job. A book is no r [...]

    19. My first foray into Emily Dickinson's work.To be honest, it was a bit too advanced pour moi and a lot of its depth was surely lost on me as I read it on my way to and from town on the train, without giving it too much thought.(WHY do I always, always do that when it comes to poetry?! I speed through poetry collections, you guys, it's unreal.)I still think I got a certain feel for her style and her slightly dark vibe and her atmosphere and I am intrigued by her as a human.Would have loved to meet [...]

    20. From the publisher:"Electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers."Getting my Emily Dickinson on!I haven't read Dickinson since high school. I forgot how I love these little poems. It was a pleasure to read this Little Black Classic in between bigger books. It was a nice little reprieve from the ordinary.I'll be the first to admit that I really don't "get" poetry. Emily Dickinson, however, is the exception to that. Someh [...]

    21. 2.25/5''Power is only pain''I bought this book only because the title sounded nice.So I trying to shorten my own-tbr list I read it in less than a half hour.It's well written and I like the feelings and topics the author conveyed in the book.Let's just say that this book didn't awake my interest in poetry.''Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality.''

    22. "To-day or this noonShe dwelt so close,I almost touched her;Tonight she liesPast neighbourhood – And bough and steeple – Now past surmise."I feel like I should have enjoyed this much more than I did. I've always been interested in Emily Dickinson as a person, and I expected to relate to her work both personally and creatively. I didn't. Maybe this is just a poor collection? I'm not sure. I'll return to her another time.

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