A Quiet Passion
A flawed labour of love: Terence Davies’s take on Emily Dickinson in 'A Quiet Passion' is reviewed ...
"'Hope' is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
- And sings the tunes without the words -
And never stops - at all."
With an Introduction by Emma Hartnoll.
Initially a vivacious, outgoing person, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) progressively withdrew into a reclusive existence. An undiscovered genius during her lifetime, only seven out of her total of 1,775 poems were published prior to her death. She had an immense breadth of vision and a passionate intensity and awe for life, love, nature, time and eternity.
Originally branded an eccentric, Emily Dickinson is now recognised as a major poet of great depth, startling originality and courage for as she wrote: ‘Assent and you are sane; /Demure you’re straightaway dangerous / And handled with a chain’.