Emily Dickinson Lexicon
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Geert Nijland has updated a 2013 spreadsheet of Dickinson poems that have been translated into Dutch, German, and Scandinavian languages. Ann-Marie Vinde has prepared a January 2013 update of Swedish translation resources for Dickinson's poems. We invite you to see new items under the Resource Tab of the Emily Dickinson Lexicon website. Send new translation materials and additional responses to email@example.com.]
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) wrote approximately 1,789 lyric poems in nineteenth-century American English. The Emily Dickinson Lexicon (EDL) is a comprehensive dictionary of over 9,275 words and variants found in the collected poems. Visitors to the website may search the lexicon to view alphabetical entries that consist of a headword with its inflected forms, part of speech, etymology, webplay, and definitions. Users who register by reading the site license and sign-in on the website have further access to citation examples and poem numbers from the Johnson and Franklin editions of Dickinson’s poems. There is no charge for registration because the website is not for profit.
Dickinson composed most of the verse in her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, during the noon of New England’s philological renaissance. Her “loved Philology” (J1651/Fr1715) presents a close-knit diction that she crafted with allusions, ambiguity, antithesis, circumlocution, definitions, figures, idioms, kennings, metaphors, neologisms, polysemy, puns, symbols, and synonymy. Her handiwork includes lexical correspondences to Noah Webster's 1844 American Dictionary of the English Language (ADEL), for which we have coined the term webplay. All 82,971 entries of Webster's 1844 dictionary are available under the Webster tab. The preface and introduction are available as a separate document under the Resources tab.
We gratefully acknowledge those who have collaborated to create this lexicon as a reference tool for readers, writers, students, scholars, critics, poets, corpus linguists, and translators. Please see the EDL reference list under the Introduction and the Resources tabs above. One of the primary aims of the lexicon is to facilitate the translation of Emily Dickinson’s collected poems into as many languages as possible. We invite registered users to contribute revisions, corrections, and additions as they examine headwords and definitions in the EDL website database.
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