Roswell Reads (and sings) Emily Dickinson’s poetry

September 14, 2011 • Local News

Sarah Parson checks out her new, free copy of “The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson” during The Big Read, Tuesday evening, at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. (Mark Wilson Photo)

With a folk song and a commercial jingle, Annemarie Oldfield, director of the High Plains Writing Project, hoped she was not committing literary blasphemy for the sake of making Emily Dickinson poems more accessible.

“Is it sacrilege … to sing some of these (poems) to these lighthearted tunes?” she asked the audience at the Roswell Reads kickoff event at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Tuesday evening.

As it turns out, many of Dickinson’s poems can easily be put to popular songs. Oldfield led the audience through a rendition of Dickinson’s Poem No. 1263, to the tune of “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony).” She then led the audience to sing Poem No. 986 — a Login to read more

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