Emily Dickinson's Poetry definitely speaks to me so deeply.

I've only been writing Poetry since around 2014, yet Poetry is the majority of the style of Writing that I do on Medium. Poetic Prose is my preferred style of Poetry.

Dickinson was well known for her slant rhyme and odd use of punctuation, such as hyphens at the end of a sentence, but even more so that she did not even Title her Poems. I've never known why this is so.

Although there are many interpretations of "God made a little Gentian F520 (1863) J442,'' oh my, you are so right in that the Poem speaks to the agonizing experience of being Autistic, and trying, but failing to fit in.

It is somewhat of a paradox that Dickinson uses the Gentian, which is known as the "Flower of Victory” because of its upward flowering shape, as a personification of a person of minority who tries, but fails to become one of the majority. Perhaps there is some other symbolism for a "Purple" Gentian?

The verse your referenced from the "God made a little Gentian:"

God made a little Gentian —

It tried — to be a Rose —

And failed — and all the Summer laughed —

This can easily be changed to relate to Autism, by simply substituting a few words:

God made a little Autistic —

It tried — to be a Neurotypical —

And failed — and all the others laughed —

Admittedly, I am not as well versed in my knowledge of Emily Dickinson's work as you, but you have inspired me to read much more thoroughly and much more deeply into the vast amount of Poetry that Dickinson wrote over her lifespan. It's sad that she did not receive notoriety until long after her death

I first became most interested in Emily Dickinson after viewing a deeply moving TED Talk.

Andrew Solomon, Ph.D, a Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center, writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology, and an activist for LGBTQ rights, mental health, and the arts, is well known for his TED talk titled: "Depression, the secret we share."

He begins his talk by reciting Emily Dickinson's "I felt a Funeral in my Brain," (340):

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,

And Mourners to and fro

Kept treading - treading - till it seemed

That Sense was breaking through -

And when they all were seated,

A Service, like a Drum -

Kept beating - beating - till I thought

My mind was going numb -

And then I heard them lift a Box

And creak across my Soul

With those same Boots of Lead, again,

Then Space - began to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,

And Being, but an Ear,

And I, and Silence, some strange Race,

Wrecked, solitary, here -

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,

And I dropped down, and down -

And hit a World, at every plunge,

And Finished knowing - then -

Thank you for your words, and for re-enlightening me to the great works of Emily Dickinson.


Keira Fulton-Lees
Artfully Autistic Advocate for Autism

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