Review of “Further in Summer Than the Birds” (1865)
Emily Dickinson (writer).
Read in 2021.
By this point, riddles like this had become thankfully rare in Dickinson’s writing, and richer. In this case, the poet connects both to mysticism and to the poetics of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (1819), putting a humble cricket and “Nature” in the place of Keats’s artifice.