Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Belle of Amherst

The play is the thing! I've just been to a one woman play about Emily Dickinson called, "The Belle of Amherst." Absolutely loved it - very informative and historically satisfying!
Here are some pictures of the stage. Photos were not allowed during the performance, but you can get an idea of what it looked like.

I also dug up some photos of other performances and playbills from the internet.

Here is a video clip performance of the play that I found on youtube, and another interesting one that shows her home.

Emily Dickinson wrote beautiful words, most of which I am (currently) ignorant of. I was thrilled at the performance tonight to recognize four or five of the poems as they were quoted. Emily is worth investigating should you want to know more, like I do!
Emily Dickinson Museum
International Society
Online Literature
1976 Movie Starring Julie Harris
Study guide of the play
10 Facts About Emily Dickinson

Two of my favorite Dickinson poems
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

TO make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

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