Friday, March 8, 2013

Emily Dickinson Through the Lens of Food

Corn Pudding, recipes below (Image from http://bakeoff-flunkie.blogspot.com/)  
A native of Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) lived a rather secluded life. She briefly attended Mounted Holyoke Seminary for women but proved too home sick to complete her studies and she returned home during her first year on campus. Her father had an active life in state and national politics and she had siblings one who married and moved next door to the family home and a sister, who like Dinkinson, lived at home as an adult. Dikinson regularly wrote letters to friends in which she would enclose poems she composed.However, Her poems did not become published until after her death in 1886 when family found among her possessions 40 handmade volumes of her poems totaling 1800 poems in all! Her family published her first volume in 1890. I particularly like this poem in which she talks about fame relating it to food. As I always tell me children when they ask me if I am famous; fame is what others think about you and that changes from day to day.

Fame is a Fickle Food
Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate
Whose table once a
Guest but not
The second time is set.

Whose crumbs the crows inspect
And with ironic caw
Flap past it to the
Farmer's Corn --
Men eat of it and die.










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