I meant it to be somewhat mysterious as "What the hell do these people have in common?!" but so much for that.
My memory from the time I was reading ED biography and criticism a couple of decades ago is that pretty much every illness, trauma, psychological orientation, and/or romantic entanglement imaginable had been advanced by somebody or other as the "key" to the poetry.
Todd legend built up a pitiful Emily "hurt" by her "cruel" sister-in-law, Susan Dickinson.
Her violent images, the "spasmodic" rhythms Higginson deplored, and the sheer volume of her output show that she coped inventively with gunshots from the brain into the body.
When Winds take Forests in their Paws -
The Universe - is still -
When everything that ticked - has stopped -
And Space stares all around -
Or Grisly frosts - first Autumn morns,
Repeal the Beating Ground -
My loss, by sickness – Was it Loss?
Or that Etherial Gain –
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