The use of many different devices such as sound, repetition, and metaphors, all help to develop the theme of the poem. Perhaps the best way for the reader to uncover the meaning of the poem at hand is to have a glance into the world of the poet. Emily Dickinson lived alone (emotionally) in a world she filled with her poetry and letters. Dickinson rejected her upbringing and religious background which, in turn, acted to sever her ties with the other people in her society. Much of her poetry served her as a type of therapy in which she could record and sort her thoughts and feelings.
In read several articles about the concept of death to miss Dickinson; many people wanted to know why she has written many poems revolving the subject of death. Many reviewed Dickinson’s written poems of a way of spiritual finding, meaning of life, to express herself, and to be at peace. Many that review the life of Emily Dickinson talk about her poetry as something that she has published for the masses but many of her works were supposed to be burnt by her sister. Emily Dickinson's poems reveals that death is her principal subject; in fact, because the topic is related to many of her other concerns, it is difficult to say how many of her poems concentrate on death. But over half of them and about a third centrally, feature the subject of death.
The imagery and metaphors in her poetry are taken from her observations of nature and her imagination. She approached her poetry inductively, combining words to arrive at a conclusion the pattern of words suggested, rather than starting with a specific theme or message. Her use of certain words resulted in one not being able to grasp her poetry with only one reading. She paid minute attention to things that nobody else noticed in the universe." She was obsessed with death and its consequences especially the idea of eternity.
"You only enshroud yourself in the fiery mist and I cannot reach you, but only rejoice on the rare sparkles of light," said Thomas Higginson; noting how difficult it was to capture one of America's best poets, Emily Dickinson. Dickinson proved to be an elusive subject time and time again through her unique writing style (Blooms 1). But why did she write the way she did? Throughout her life, Dickinson encountered many things that affected her poetry, whether they were her family, famous poets, or traumatic events. At 5:00 AM on December 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson was born at the Homestead, a brick mansion built by her grandfather (Blooms 1).
This made me want to know more about her life and why she is lonely. Though there are times when I need to be alone, the thought of living away from society makes me feel disconnected from the world. She must have known somebody. Somebody must have thought she meant something to them. Wanting to know more about her, I read on and found that William Wordsworth’s poem will have readers thinking about all the little things in life and the meaning they have, whether it is small or big.
Her mind in this poem is trying to imagine what death and a funeral is like. For example, “And when they all were seated, A Service, like a Drum—Kept beating—beating—till I thought My Mind was going numb” (McMichael 2183). This quote shows how powerful and creative Emily’s mind is because she says at the funeral the sounds of a beating drum numb her mind instead of her grieving thoughts clouding her mind. Thus, not all of Emily’s poems had one main theme because there are also other hidden meanings and themes in the poems too. This poem focused on how Emily’s mind was creative and powerful enough to make comparisons to herself, her mind, and death.
These men were Reverend Charles Wadsworth, Samuel Bowles, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Emily corresponded and shared poetry with these men, and it has been suggested that the love poems she wrote referred to one of them. It was through these love poems that Emily was able to express her emotional desires and her longing to touch and be close to someone. Openly expressing them was not an option because of the Puritan religion of her family and the time and culture in whi... ... middle of paper ... ...e that she is moving away from the happy pictures of children playing and of sunsets to something more sinister. Her own lightweight clothing is not enough to keep her warm.
Emily Dickinson, recognized as one of the greatest American poets of the nineteenth century, was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts (Benfey, 1). Dickinson’s greatness and accomplishments were not always recognized. In her time, women were not recognized as serious writers and her talents were often ignored. Only seven of her 1800 poems were ever published. Dickinson’s life was relatively simple, but behind the scenes she worked as a creative and talented poet.
Emily Dickinson talks about death and the meaning of death in many of the poems give her readers an understanding of how darkness can be viewed. It is strange for a writer to talk about death as much as she does, however, it is presented very smoothly in her poems. Talking so much about death, it seemed, as Dickinson was obsessed with the idea of an afterlife. The loss of a very close friend, Samuel
Emily Dickinson is one of the most important American poets of the 1800s. Dickinson, who was known to be quite the recluse, lived and died in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, spending the majority of her days alone in her room writing poetry. What few friends she did have would testify that Dickinson was a rather introverted and melancholy person, which shows in a number of her poems where regular themes include death and mortality. One such poem that exemplifies her “dark side” is, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”. In this piece, Dickinson tells the story of a soul’s transition into the afterlife showing that time and death have outright power over our lives and can make what was once significant become meaningless.