Today is the birthday of Emily Dickinson, an extraordinarily shy woman who rarely left her house but whose poems have gone out to meet the world.
Dickinson's poetry is widely celebrated for its beauty and originality. As her biographer at the Poetry Foundation Web site writes, "To make the abstract tangible, to define meaning without confining it, to inhabit a house that never became a prison, Dickinson created in her writing a distinctively elliptical language for expressing what was possible but not yet realized."
To celebrate Dickinson's birthday (she was born on December 10, 1830) we bring you this little film of her poem, "I Started Early--Took My Dog," from the "Poetry Everywhere" series by PBS and the Poetry Foundation. The poem is animated by Maria Vasilkovsky and read by actress Blair Brown. You can also read the poem for yourself here.