"In fiction, the principles are given, to find the facts: in history, the facts are given, to find the principles; and the writer who does not explain the phenomena as well as state them performs only one half of his office."
Thomas Babington Macaulay, "History," Edinburgh Review, 1828
Friday, May 15, 2009
More on the Premiere of the New Dickinson Ballet This Weekend
Following on the heels of the lengthy piece in the Republican, the Gazette ran its own detailed article on Thursday, here via the May 15 issue of Bulletin:
Kathleen Mellen, "Dancing Emily Dickinson":
The inspiration for Amherst Ballet's new, original production, "Emily of Amherst," based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson, came from one of her poems.
It reads, in part:
I CANNOT dance upon my Toes - No Man instructed me - But oftentimes, among my mind, A Glee possesseth me,
That had I Ballet knowledge - Would put itself abroad In Pirouette to blanch a Troupe - Or lay a Prima, mad ...
It is just one of the 1,800 poems Dickinson wrote in her lifetime; fewer than a dozen of which were published before her death. (read the rest)