The curation of the show satisfied my desired to learn more about Emily from Emily’s own eyes and actions. After the first class session, I was intrigued by the use of the words “No- Hopper” and “recluse” to describe this witty and deep thinking poet. The Library communicated the fact that while indoors she was social. Emily wrote in a time when the country was at War and deeply divided. In a time when families could be divided along the lines of North and South but could not share the very thoughts in their own hearts and minds for fear of isolation or retribution. Perhaps her own inner struggle could be personified through the worldly struggle of a country warring with itself. The fact that her poems were written during and after the war (all but 5) made me question if she saw this as an opportunity to document all the death and questioning that was being done behind close doors. This question continues to fascinate me.
The space was quite and flowed with ease. I believe the smaller room helped create a sense of a room in a home. The recreation of the wall paper aided in creating another glimpse of Emily’s view of the day-to-day world. The arrangement of the show flowed like an intimate walk around the Emily Dickinson bedroom. I walked through feeling like I glimpsed into her inner most thoughts when I saw her hand writing to her loved ones or the save poem on a 30-year-old invitation to the candy pull. I particularly noticed the difference in the two herbarium, one arranged and calligraphed by a class mate and the other by Emily.
The font and text that was used to highlight particular pieces of importance. For the poem “Are you Nobody?” the font coupled with the poem’s central location on the back wall helped to highlight the magnitude of this piece of poetry that questions social experience and existence. The poem in handwritten script with the word swap and interchange between banish and advertise assisted in showing the editing of publishers and the literary standards of the time. As a writer and poet the use of her handwritten notes and published works were crucial in highlighting her original pieces and artistry in the presentation and creativity. I would have appreciated more from her family response to her “reclusive nature”. Photographs of the current view of the city or her home may even help to create prospective about how she may have viewed the world we live in today. I would have also enjoyed viewing some of her family’s response to her new-found popularity after her death. Would she have embraced the fame or encouraged by family to seek it while she was alive?