We will never discover for certain what motivated many of her poems. That fact that she decided to remain alone is probably what allowed her to delve into the roots of her mind and soul granting her complete freedom to tune into herself and write freely. Dickinson’s has written many poems, approximately 1775, and I have only managed to scratch the surface of what her poems entail, but of course that is to be expected considering it has taken Dickinson a lifetime to write her poems. The subjects of love, death and religion are dominant in Dickinson’s work but so are nature and life. She is truly an enigma and although literary critics are scrambling to figure out what made her tick, I think the fact that we’ll never know gives her poems much more personality.
Miss Emily, however, never married. Her father had never accepted her suitors, meeting them at the door "clutching a horsewhip." He selfishly kept her single all those years, which must have caused immense embarrassment to a woman from her era, whose whole life should have led up to her marriage. She seldom left her house after her father died, further mystifying herself to the town who watched her life from behind their lace curtains. The Civil War came and went, and Miss Emily still lived in that same house "set on what had once been [the] most select street," "lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps."
I may be assuming too much but I believe this poem is in essence Emily's way of expressing her views towards the issue of marriage in her own life. Emily was celibate her entire life and had a very few friends, she may have refused to give in to social pressures and remained a spinster in order to spite the rest of the world. One may reasonably conclude that the speaker in this melancholy poem may have indeed been speaking for Emily herself.
Susan was Emily's personal critic; as long as Emily was writing she asked Susan to look her poems over. Emily Dickinson was affected by her life for several reasons. One of the reasons was that she was never married, though she went through many serious relationships, she never settled down. Another reason that she was affected by her life was that her mother was not “emotionally accessible”. She was not close to her mother and never shared any of her feelings with her, which most daughters feel they can.
Dickinson’s surroundings had a major affect on what she wrote about. Her poetry reflected the ideas of nature, love, life, time and eternity (The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One). For example, growing up Dickinson did not have a mother figure to look up to and help her with life. Also, her father was a very closed minded person that controlled what she did and did not allow her to pursue her dreams or do what she wants (Zabel 251-55). As referred back, Dickinson had a vast passion for poetry that nobody othe... ... middle of paper ... ...re You?"
Her talent of writing was hidden from everyone. Her bedroom overlooked a burial ground and she regularly saw people being buried, which explains why so many of her poems were about death(Emily 5). Emily actually did not start doing serious writing until 1858 - her late 20’s(Johnson 16-17). Only ten poems were published during her life. She rejected the structures of church and marriage and devoted her life to writing (Scharnhorst 103).
My Country is Truth,”(Berry) Emily Dickinson did not share hardly any of her writing when she was alive. According to Berry,” With the exception of six poems that appeared in newspapers at various times, and another that appeared in a collection of stories and poems in 1878, Emily Dickinson never published her work,” (Berry) Even though Dickinson wrote differently, does not mean she had a different lifestyle compared to most people today. Dickinson was an outstanding American poet where her childhood, family and friends, religion, and education inspired most of her poetry. Emily Dickinson lived the rich life life in American society. Dickinson was born on December 10,1830.
Sanford Pinkser of the Virginia Quarterly Review explained that she was in fact a feminist. Emily Dickinson was well educated and never married. Depending on how an audience reads her poem, she questioned women’s inferiority and religions. Dickinson typically wrote in short lines, containing slant rhyme, with no proper punctua... ... middle of paper ... ...se her audience. It prevented her true colors to show through her works.
Little is known about her family except that she was the sister of the Protestant poet Geoffrey Whitney, who wrote Choice of Emblems (Todd). She worked for aristocratic households where she encountered many opportunities to learn, but she was never formally educated (Krontiris). In addition to this self-education, she spent a lot of time reading, which enriched her knowledge. During the Renaissance, it was looked down on when women read anything other than the Bible. People thought that women must have Divine intervention to guide their interpretations of literature; if they did not they were looked at suspiciously (Krontiris).
She was a peculiar woman, never married and never looking. The Griersons held themselves very high in their community and thought of themselves as better than others. It is through this conditioning that Emily first begins to train her mind to abolish separation. She believed that if her family was her only suitable associates, she best not let them leave her sight. Emily rarely left the house and did not socialize with the ladies or men of her town.