Scholar Páraic Finnerty presents this lecture on Emily Dickinson and her British contemporaries in the poet’s Amherst Homestead. He will discuss Dickinson’s reading of and response to three of her favorite British poets — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, and Alfred Tennyson — in relation to their nineteenth-century US reception. The lecture will focus on the impact on Dickinson’s poetics of Tennyson’s and Browning’s development and popularization of the dramatic lyric (later termed the dramatic monologue). In the process, Finnerty will explore how this context provides a new way of interpreting Dickinson’s poetry. Time for questions and answers will follow the talk.
This program is free and open to the public.