The aim of this paper is to discuss the consistencies of style and theme in Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her childhood, Emily stayed in her home and rarely went out to see the world and very few people came to see her at her home making her world very small and lonely. On a trip to Philadelphia, Emily met Sir Charles Wadsworth who is believed to have influenced some of her poems about “heartsickness” when he went back to West Coast. In her adult year Emily distant herself from the outer world as she spent much of her time with family and reading lots of books (Sewall 3-5).
Unlike most poets of her time who shaped their views, Emily Dickinson explored and expressed her feelings in her poems. Emily’s feelings were mainly caused by the pain she experienced during her isolation and loneliness as a child. The themes of her poems were shaped by the events and things that surrounded her. Her themes of death were influenced by the civil war; fame and truth influenced by her father’s position in the political areas during the 19th century; grief also influenced by Civil War among others (Sewall 6).
Consistencies of Style and Theme in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
Emily Dickinson, just like other poets wrote about what intrigued her and what she already knew. Any keen observer can note that Emily Dickinson used images from domestic activities, nature, religion, fashion, and medicine to explore universal themes such as immorality and death, love, and the wonders of nature.
At times Emily Dickinson writes about uses humor and at times pathos as she writes about her subjects. Having in mind that Emily was full humor one can easily distinguish between the...
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...h, however each poem have a different understanding and view of death. Dickinson view death to be at times gentle, at times inevitable and at times menacing. In her poem “Because I could not stop for Death,”– Dickinson personifies death, and portrays the dying process as simply an understanding that life is eternal. In the second poem “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –,” Dickinson explores the physical process of dying, and lastly in the last poem “My life had stood – a Loaded Gun –,” the presence of death allows for the continuation of life. All these view of death even though different, they do not say the opposite of what another poem says. Death is generally portrayed in these poems as the unknowable final moments and Dickinson explores it by different portraits of each of its different aspects as she best understands it (McDermott Jr, John, and David 462-468).
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