The Pablo Neruda Foundation’s latest production, the concert Emily, on love and death, is inspired on the work of American poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830 – 1886), which will be performed in Amsterdam on 5 November at the Dominicuskerk (Spuistraat 12). For more performance dates, click here.
While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Her poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.