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Emily Dickinson and Ezra Pound Term Paper

… For Dickinson, the "months" can be wound "in balls," and a whole season could be brushed aside "as Housewives do, a fly." For Pound's speaker, time is measured in similarly concrete images: "the moss is grown, the different mosses, / Too deep to clear them away!" In both poems, time is measured not in minutes but in images that make the pain of enduring time away from the beloved seem comprehensible.

But the overall effect of Pound's poem is most closely matched by Dickinson's poem "She rose to his requirement." Here, Dickinson is engaged in dramatization: she is telling the story of a marriage, understood from the woman's perspective, but told as a third-person compressed narrative. Marriage is seen as the woman's emergence from childhood…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Thesis

… Emily Dickinson is often cited as one of the most creative and innovative of America's poets. She is also "... known for her unusual life of self imposed social seclusion. Living a life of simplicity and seclusion..."

Dickinson wrote poetry that touched on essential questions such as the meaning of death, immortality and human existence. However, she is also noted by many critics as being the inspiration for and one of the precursors of modern poetry and contemporary approaches to literature.

This paper will attempt to provide on overview of her work as well as insight into her significance as a modern poet. This will include as discussion of her use of diction and poetic language and how her poetic oeuvre can be seen as…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Is Viewed by Many Historians Term Paper

… Emily Dickinson is viewed by many historians as the greatest female poet of American history, yet a true understanding of how she came to be both profound and articulate has been hard to come by. The voice that she uses within her poem seems to contrast dramatically from her real life persona. Dickinson was born in Amherst Massachusetts, and never left her native town for any real duration, dying there in 1886. Her personal life seemed unexceptional in the least, as she lived as a spinster for the entirety of her life. However, none of these surface facts implicate the rich understanding of human nature and literary persuasion that Dickinson possessed. The purpose of this particular paper is to examine how Dickinson obtained and used…. [read more]


Dickinson Flaming Hope Term Paper

… However, the motif of life and its departure which brings about night and darkness is used by Thomas to urge people to not passively accept death's final claim on them. The following quotation demonstrates how this motif is used by the author as a rallying point against death. "Do not go gentle into that good night,/Old age should burn and rage at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light" (Thomas). The impending darkness and loss of life is implied by the author's usage of diction in noting the "close" of "day" -- which is when the sun sets and the eternal darkness of death is suggested. However, Thomas's attitude about this occurrence is far from acquiescent. The narrator advocates a…. [read more]


Dickinson Writes in Short Lines Term Paper

… There was nothing more that he liked than people. Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the Civil War (Poem hunter.com. Whitman. ). Always with people, he was the reverse of Dickinson. His character is reflected in his poems: long, winded, chatty.

His poems too deal with physical phenomena -- the grittiness of the streets, the beauty of rural America, the sensuality of sexuality. This is a physical component that we can see, touch, taste, smell and, accordingly, (contrary to the metaphysis of Dickinson) elaborate on.

Let us take this one, as different to an Emily Dickinson poem as can be. Even the title -- among the Multitude -- is polar to Dickinson:

MONG the men and…. [read more]


Emily Dickenson Notoriously Reclusive, Even Anti-Social Research Proposal

… Emily Dickenson

Notoriously reclusive, even anti-social, Emily Dickinson left behind a canon of nearly two thousand poems. The few that were published during her lifetime were done so anonymously, and so Dickinson's poetry remained as shrouded in secrecy as the poet herself. Dickinson's poetry reflects some of the prevailing literary themes in nineteenth century America including transcendentalism and romanticism. Nature and religion play predominant roles in the poetry of Dickinson, which is infused with flowery diction and lofty rhythm. Undoubtedly fascinated by the interface between the spiritual and natural worlds, Dickinson frequently uses nature as a metaphor. Transformation, the passage of time, life, and death are themes visible in the natural world and echoed in the journey of the human soul. Because Emily Dickinson locked…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson: Biography Emily Dickinson -1886) Term Paper

… Emily Dickinson: Biography

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is widely acclaimed as one of the finest American poets; a recognition that alluded her during her lifetime when only a handful of the 1800 poems she wrote were published.

Early Life: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830, the second of three children of Edward and Emily Dickinson. Her father, Edward Dickinson was a lawyer who remained a Registrar at the Amherst College for 20 years. He was the dominating influence in her early life as her mother was an unremarkable woman who often remained sick. After several years of primary school, Emily attended Amherst Academy from 1840 to 1847. She was a student at Mount Holyoke from September 1847 to August 1848…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Thematic, Stylistic and Other Characteristics Term Paper

… Emily Dickinson

Thematic, Stylistic and other Characteristics Unique to Emily Dickinson's Poetry

Emily Dickinson is perhaps the best of two or three examples of a completely unique voice within 19th century American poetry [another is Walt Whitman]. In her lifetime Dickinson wrote over 2000 poems (most were discovered and subsequently published only after Dickinson's death). The poet characteristically snares particularly ephemeral subject matter (e.g., "a certain slant of light") and then to go about metaphorically examining its deeper content and essence on which an entire experience or impression then pivots. Especially from a structural perspective, then, that is a frequent way of the author's beginning to proceed through the rest of her (in the vast majority of cases, anyway) wholly metaphorical design, within these and…. [read more]


Dickinson in the Chapter Introduction Term Paper

… Dickinson

In the chapter introduction to Dickinson: The Poet's Voice (pp. 321- 327), the author focuses on three key areas distinct to Emily Dickinson's work: her personal voice, the poet as a person, and Dickinson's commitment, or that which she was mainly trying to accomplish or communicate within her poetry. The author also makes the point at the beginning of this chapter, that contrary to suggestions by New Critics, no poem ever stands completely on its own, independent of its author; its author's style, or other poems by that author. Readers of poetry, like readers of books or appreciators of art or music, have their preferences of poet and style, based on their past memories and preferences.

The work of Emily Dickinson is one of…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson's Poem 632 Essay

… " Of course Dickinson's meaning is the opposite: it is the human mind or imagination that is capable of containing "with ease" not only the idea of the sky, but the idea of the self.

Dickinson's second stanza in some way repeats the basic premise of the first. Again, the image is teasing to the reader: it is just as easy to suggest that the "sea" could "absorb" a human brain, except for the fact that the image of a sponge being put into a bucket suggests that the smaller thing is capable of taking up everything valuable about the larger. The mind can contain the idea of the ocean easily. In fact, this stanza seems to build upon the first with Dickinson's use of…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Embraces Death Term Paper

… In the first line of the second stanza, "slowly drove" and "knew no haste" serve to amplify the idea of the kindliness of the driver, as well as the intimacy which has already been suggested by "held just ourselves." In the fourth line, "For his civility" further characterizes the polite, kindly driver. At the same time, a constant moving forward, with only one pause, carries weighty implications concerning time, death, eternity. The third stanza with the "Children... In the Ring." "Gazing Grain," and "Setting Sun" gives a sense of progressing through the cycles of life toward death. Generations of children play and grow old and die. Grain, a symbol of life, stares with the fixed eye of death, and day turns to night as life…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Term Paper

… The poem, "Inner World" is an example of how depression and hopelessness is expressed. Dickinson says "Pain has an element of blank; it can recollect when it began, or if there was a time when it was not." (Dickinson 22). The pain in this poem is intractable and the reader can feel the author's hopelessness and depression. The themes of death, nature pain, separation, loss, passion, and love are throughout Emily Dickinson's poetry.

Ms. Dickinson uses four lines stanzas in her poetry and uses the iambic rhythm frequently, which stresses every second syllable. Some of her poetry is obscure and difficult to understand, as it seems she is using language that only she understand the meaning for. She also uses dashes in her poetry to…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Though She Was Largely Unknown Essay

… Emily Dickinson

Though she was largely unknown outside of her father's small circle of literary friends, Emily Dickinson is now one of the best known American poets of the nineteenth century, and f the best known female poets of all time. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830, Emily Dickinson spent most of her life in that city. She was known to be incredibly reclusive and private, and did not leave the family home very often. She never married, and her poems were mostly unpublished until her sister discovered them after her death. Her poetry is often marked by its obscurity and the difficulty in knowing exactly what Dickinson meant. She also includes many capitalizations that can appear to be irregular and even random.

Many of…. [read more]


Romanticism and Modernism Essay

… ¶ … Emily and Dickinson and Walt Whitman are diverse poets and their work can be seen as offering equal contributions to the Romantic era because they exemplify the ideas the Romantics were reaching toward. Emerson wrote, "The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty" (Emerson). Dickinson and Whitman were both writing at a time when literature was transitioning from Romanticism to Realism and this bridge allows room for both types of poetry. Whitman's poetry reinforces Romantic beliefs with its balance between romantic and transcendental notions. Dickinson's poetry is also considered transcendental because it seems to reach beyond this world. Her topics explore what happens beyond our earthly experience. In her poem, "Behind Me Dips Eternity," we see her detached point-of-view following the…. [read more]


Dickinson the Poem by Emily Peer Reviewed Journal

… This is troubling as it is illustrating the way the war can change a person. In some cases, the damages will be inflicted upon the individual who was involved with the conflict from: physical, emotional or mental scares. Yet, it also will have an effect on the people they leave behind. This is because they expect the person to be same and to have not changed from these challenges. These unrealistic expectations mean that the husband, wife or significant other will have idealistic beliefs about what happened. In the post, there is the claim about how these ideas are "molded with clay." This is from the woman not wanting her husband to be himself when he returns. Instead, she wants to change him into what…. [read more]


Emily Dickenson Peer Reviewed Journal

… As an art, poetry uses the medium of words to create beauty out of the perceived chaos of human emotion and human experience. I notice that you struggle somewhat with Dickenson's overt darkness. You say you are a fierce optimist. Would I be correct to say that while you understand why Emily would vent her emotions on the page, that you might not fully understand the morbidity of poems like "Because I Could Not Stop For Death"? Poems like these, which reveal the poet's disillusionment with life, can be difficult to grasp when one is not in grief as well. Do you think that you might return to this, or similar Dickenson poems, if and when you experience great loss as she had?

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Emily Dickinson: A View From a Room Essay

… Emily Dickinson: A View From a Room

Emily Dickinson looked at life with a different pair of eyes than most of us. Even now, her poems are slightly odd, focusing on some unique aspect of a common experience. This ability makes to see things in a different way is what makes her poetry live. Her talent allowed her to explore many facets of life that troubled her. Many of these facets involve religion, death and God. "Safe In Their Alabaster Chambers," "I Dwell in Possibility," 'Heaven'- is What I Can Not Reach," and "Some keep the Sabbath going to Church" provide examples of Dickinson's talent and ability to see things from a distinct point-of-view. Her poetry reveals that even the most modest hermit can grapple…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson, One of America Term Paper

… Fear is the instant of a Wreck, despair is after "the Wreck has been." After the wreck, "The Mind is smooth-No Motion/Contented as the Eye/Upon the Forehead of a Bust/That knows -- it cannot see." This image of the bust recalls the ancient Greek and Roman statues that, headless and sometimes eyeless, still seem redolent of an earlier time of beauty and grace. This eye is the inner eye, the eye of the spirit, and though it cannot see, it also can see -- it is contented, smooth, and without motion. Undistracted and unmoving, it is the eternal eye of grace.

These poems complement each other in interesting ways. They show different viewpoints toward despair and loss: a certain ironic humor as one stands before…. [read more]


Dickinson I Felt a Funeral Term Paper

… Death imagery abounds in the poem: the "funeral" in line 1; the "mourners" in line 2; the "service" in line 6; the "box" in line 9; the "Plank" in line 16; and the "Finished" in line 19 that simultaneously connotes the finish of the poem.

The sophisticated structure of the poem reflects the complex character of the human mind. For example, repetition occurs in the third lines of both stanzas one and two. In the third stanza the poet does not use actual repetition of words, but rather cleverly implies repetition through the words "same" and "again," in line 11. The third line in the fourth stanza likewise does not employ repetition but the poet instead relies on alliteration to create the same effect. As…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson's Poem, "I Heard Term Paper

… The narrator sees more than he or she hears.

Dickinson uses colorful imagery and characterization, with special emphasis on light, color, and sound to describe what it's like to die. She creates musical effect with the "buzzing" or sounds of the fly, describing the sound as "blue" (With Blue -- uncertain stumbling Buzz -- Between the light -- and me --). (Eberwein, 156).

Some objects in the poem appear to be symbols, such as the fly itself. The fly seems to be a symbol for mundane aspects of life that get in the way of what we imagine life should be. The description of the fly is both literal and symbolic. There is literally a fly in the room, but it takes on symbolic meaning.…. [read more]


Mary Shelley and Emily Dickinson Essay

… The success of Frankenstein and increased popularity and wide reception of Percy's poetry after his death are proof that indeed, I have not failed and in fact, excelled in both fields.

EMILY: Oh, the intrigues! They never end, do they? I think in as much as we are considered "modern" writers, it is almost inevitable that we will be linked with "modern issues" as well. After my death, rumors spread that I am romantically linked with my brother's wife, Sue. My affectionate letters prove this, they say. And the seemingly lack of a male romantic friend or acquaintance, as reflected (or not reflected) in my letters prove this rumor, 'modern investigators' would say. I am not confirming nor denying the rumor, but there is just…. [read more]


Wild Nights Research Paper

… Emily Dickinson's poem, "Wild Nights!" Wild night!," is famous for being very difficult to interpret. It is a short poem. It involves images centered around the natural imagery, the sea, juxtaposed with romantic themes, such as the "heart." This leads many to believe that the sea is metaphor for something, though the nature of that something is still in dispute.

Because of her idiosyncracies, Dickinson's work cannot be interpreted according to conventional literary principles. It must be interpreted according to common themes in her body of work. Thesis: Wild Nights is one of Dickinson's many "Undiscovered Continent" poems, which deal with the landscape of the mind. Its images of water symbolize the seductive unconsciousness, which is usually accessed through dreams, the excitement of which inspires…. [read more]


Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson Essay

… Her poems reflect theological thinking characterized by extra cultural, physical, practical and virtually mystical (Monte 21-51). However, in comparison to Taylor's poem, in "Divine Unnameability," her interest is similar to Taylor's because it brings her outside her transcendental times.

Both Kierkegaard and Dickinson are poets who have shown they can lay the groundwork to deal with hope because they can adumbrate the Christianity queasy. This Christianity re-attaches to self-reliance its due of solitary terror. This is further possible because Kierkegaard can explain how Dickson avoids the transcendental alternative despite the risk of losing, first center, then identity and finally coherence. Dickinson and Kierkegaard poetry works are fundamental to the religious experience because they yield the sense of God as centered in the world making God's…. [read more]


Thomas-Dickinson Perspectives of Death Thesis

… As the poem progresses, the narrator draws attention to numerous things they pass along the way such as "the School…the Fields of Grazing Grain [and] the Setting Sun" (lines 9, 11-12). Throughout her journey, Death has remained behind the narrator's carriage, but when he finally does pass her, the narrator states that she feels a chill and states, "The Dews drew quivering and chill -- / For only Gossamer my Gown -- / My tippet -- only Tulle" (lines 14-16). By not being extravagantly dressed, the narrator is depicted as being humble, an attribute that implies that she is ready to submit to Death. The narrator's carriage ride ends at a house that may be representative of a cemetery, tomb, or mausoleum. The house is…. [read more]


Keats Dickinson, Keats and Eliot Build Term Paper

… Keats

Dickinson, Keats and Eliot Build a Bridge

There is a tendency in certain academic disciplines to encamp either on the side of tradition or modernity. In the sciences, the constant thrust toward evolution suggests a certain predilection for modernization. In history, the preservation of tradition is of the utmost importance if we are to appreciate its impact on the present. However, perhaps poetry is a discipline well suited to the argument that such clear lines of distinction need not necessarily be drawn. This may be the best context through which to examine the claim by writer Octavio Paz that "between tradition and modernity there is a bridge."

This is an idea which is well exemplified in well-loved poetic works by Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot…. [read more]


Death in Thomas and Dickinson Thesis

… This is the "Immortality" that rides with the narrator alongside Death, because rather than mean the end of her narrative, Death actually introduces her to her own legacy, such that the end of one's life is in effect the promise of being able to see it, for the first time, from the perspective of an outsider, as one's own life becomes a kind of classical mythology after death, complete with the personification of these concepts (Gilliland, 2009, p. 41).

The differing approaches to death presented in either poem reveals two sides of how human beings deal not only with death but with the concept of loss in general. Dickinson seems to view loss (including the loss of one's own life) as a kind of validation…. [read more]


Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Whatley Essay

… Despite the fact of novelty most of her work was published after her death largely due to the fact that she was a secluded person and mostly kept to herself.

The themes proposed by the three writers are similar in certain aspects in the sense that both Bradstreet and Dickinson use death as an important theme in their writings, which in fact represented part of the novelty of their creation. More precisely, Bradstreet poses the issue of death from a personal perspective especially given the fact that she did not target any audience when writing. Most of her work is inspired by the realities of the day, which included even the role of women in the society, which at that time was considered to be…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Essay

… Emily Dickinson was one of the most varied, lyrical, and enigmatic poets of her time. During a time when American literature was itself varied and enigmatic, this is quite an achievement. One of the most fascinating themes in Dickinson's poetry is religion. It is significant that critics appear to have a very wide-ranging view of what the poet is in fact attempting to say with her religious poetry. Some have her negating belief altogether, while others ascribe to her a deep, although somewhat wounded, faith. Emily Dickinson's religious poetry is all these things; some of her poetry addresses the religious theme from the viewpoint of the devotee; others describe her faith in little more but herself and humanity; her most interesting and poignant poetry is…. [read more]


Emily Dickinson Was Born Term Paper

… As a whole, it suggests that should she be with the person mentioned only as "thee," they would have nights full of passion, and that these nights should be a "luxury."

The third stanza suggests that holding feelings back is "futile," that all feelings released or known.

Dickinson's poem number 280 describes a funeral that takes place inside the author's mind. She describes the break down of reality as the funeral continues. The end is abrupt, suggesting that the author, teetering on the edge of reality, loses their grip, or ceases to exist.

The rhythm of the poem is consistent, but not rushed. The words used convey a sense of losing ones mind and how easy it might seem to do so. It also suggests…. [read more]


Compressed Eternity: Emily Dickinson's Fascicle Term Paper

… Poems like the latter seem to have an almost free-verse quality, similar to some of Blake's or Hopkins' works. This sprung rhythm, if it may be called that, contributes to the ecstatic quality of the poem, a celebration so dionysian that it cannot be contained in regular scansion.

Similarly, some poems are strongly rhymed, ABCB, until the final stanza when the rhyme is abandoned as if to leap free of artificial restraints, for example, #440, #445 and #446. Others are rhymed more or less consistently in couplets, #451 and #454. Still others have incomplete, allusive rhymes that hint at structure, then veer away at the last moment (# 447), still others make no attempt to conform to the strictures of rhyme.

As in her other…. [read more]

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