- love joy, love lost, secret love, despair of love
- the bee, and
- favorites that I find along the way
I'm also trying to create a lexicon of ED terms & phrases as several repeat with evident personal meaning ("paradise" "Calvary" "Eden" "the bee") and some words can yield a symbolic/coded interpretation.
I've ordered the 1945 Johnson collection (Complete Poems) which lists ALL of Emily Dickinson's poems in chronological order. That would be the first three volumes published by M.L. Todd, subsequent volumes published by Madame Bianchi and the final poems that were first introduced by Millicent Todd Bingham (Bolts of Melody). My plan is to trace her life through her poems, mainly her passion and her agony. I want to build an image of Dickinson and yes, I have preconceived ideas, and am hoping they'll be substantiated. And yes, I know about the self fulfilling prophecy, and how causative my ideas are as far as influencing outcome. But I will make an effort at objectivity. Or maybe not.
Two more things: where are her diaries? yes, she is a genius & I am in love with her words.