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    Favourite Dickinson Category?

    Of Emily's five categories (Life, Nature, Love, Time and Eternity, and The Single Hound) which was your favourite??

    I'd also like to know people's favourite poem from each section.

    I've only read Life, Love, and bits and pieces of the others, but I'm pretty sure Life would be my favourite even if I read them all.

    It's almost too hard to choose a favourite:
    Perhaps "Every Life Converges to Some Centre" for Life
    And then I don't know about the rest.

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    One of the truly greatest poets of all times.

    Nature:
    How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!

    Love:
    For love is inmortality!

    Life:
    He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.

    Time and Eternity:
    Forever is composed of nows.

    Death:
    Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.


    Note: I have no favorite of hers. I like them almost all.

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    I have not read all her poems and the edition I have does not separate her work into these five categories so I cannot tell one from the other. It also doesn't help that I don't read them in order but jump around the book, keeping it always at the front of the shelf, picking it up whenever I need a quick fix....anyway.

    My favourite would have to be "because I could not stop for death" (oh! how cliché, they'll all say!) It was the first one I read and it has really stuck with me. Another great one is A Little Madness in Spring.

    While I have never studied Dickinson on any level I love her poetry for the pure aesthetic pleasure.
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    Yeah I noticed that her books are usually either presented in 3 volumes or the five categories. I wish I knew which one she originally intended for because it would affect the understanding of the poems.
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