Wallpaper in my Favourite Poets' Homes
I have wondered before if poetry is good for catching muses, and I thought I'd look into history to find out. In particular, I thought I'd look at images of the interiors of two of my favourite poets: Emily Dickinson and Percy Bysshe Shelley. To let you know how obsessed I am with these writers, I have a picture of Emily Dickinson on my bookshelf framed.
It looks a lot like this one and sometimes people ask me if that is my great-grandmother and I say I wish and if they are charitable, they say she is in spirit. In my desk, I have a laminated post card of Shelley that I bought in the gift shop of a museum in London, probably the National Portrait Gallery, over twenty years ago. I have considered ordering a Keats is my Homeboy sticker but didn't trust the website, and told myself I was an adult anyway, and I am taller than he was and he is long dead. But when I think about that too much I cry.
|Percy Bysshe Shelley|
It is well known that both of these writers had direct access to the Muse and that both were noticed the intricate details of their surroundings. So I thought I would look again at images of where they lived.
Here is the much documented bedroom of Emily Dickinson, where she sat a tiny desk every night and wrote poems.
|Emily Dickinson's Room|
Before I had noticed the narrow sleigh bed and the windows, but can you see in this picture the faint damask pattern on the wallpaper? Since she spent so much time in her room she looked at the pattern a lot. Could it have influenced the pattern of her thought?