Film: A Quiet Passion – rare biopic that invites the viewer into a new way of understanding

Emily Dickenson and friend in the garden
©A Quiet Passion/Hurricane Films/Courtesy of Music Box Films.

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Review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader

The poetry of Emily Dickinson is loved by millions of people, including young adults and aspiring writers. Her poems are short and easily memorized, but also evocative of deeper themes. Two of her primary topics are God and death and yet many of her poems are filled with beautiful images of nature and the joy of creativity. She spent most of her life in her family home in Amherst, Massachusetts and was considered to be a bit of an eccentric by her neighbors. Although locally published in a newspaper, fewer than a dozen of her 1,800 poems were published in her lifetime, often changed by the editor. She would not gain international fame until after her death.

How are we to think about such a complicated life?

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