Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development

Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development
Aliki Barnstone
University Press of New England
2007

Aliki Barnstone challenges the critical commonplace that Emily Dickinson's poetry did not change and evolve over the course of her career as a poet. She argues that this notion of her lack of development, while it contributes the established myth of the isolated and timeless Dickinson, has tended to diminish our appreciation of her as a poet and thinker, whose work is both an innovative artistic achievement and a cultural commentary.