"Cultural historians of Civil War–America have documented the ways in which the late-medieval tradition of the ars moriendi—the art of dying well—sought to preserve traditional meanings and values in a time of unprecedented chaos and loss. Placed in this context, Emily Dickinson’s poems can be read as her own lifelong attempt to work out a personal ars moriendi. Did she, at the same time, produce an ars vivendi? This essay reflects on ways her writings help us understand and act upon the choices that shape our lives as well as our deaths, looking especially at Dickinson’s late poems on relationships with people who have already died and at ways that these and other poems demonstrate her rethinking on questions of life, death, and afterlife...."
This article by Jed Deppman is a selection from The Oxford Handbook of Emily Dickinson, edited by Karen Sánchez-Eppler and Cristanne Miller
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