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Emily Dickinson: An Everlasting American Poet

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“Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.” was one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous quotes, showing much of her swaying from Romanticism to a more Realistic view, and changing the standards of writing along with it. Between 1858 and 1864 Emily Dickinson wrote over forty hand bound volumes of nearly 1800 poems, yet during her lifetime only a few were published. Perhaps this is why today we see Dickinson as a highly influential writer, unlike those during her time who did not see the potential. Emily Dickinson wrote most of her works towards the end of the romanticism era, but considered more of a realist, ahead of her time and one to shape the new movement. The main characteristic of Romanticism that Dickinson portrays in her writing emphases of the importance of nature to the Romantics, but she is known as a Realist because of her concern and fascination with death, and the harsh realities of life. Emily Dickinson’s upbringing and early education, along with living in reclusion with death all around her, greatly influenced on of the greatest female poets of all time.
Dickinson’s life was fairly normal compared to most, except for a few key parts. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts with her family having had deep roots in New England. Her paternal grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, was well known as the founder of Amherst College and father worked at Amherst and served as a state legislator. He married Emily Norcross in 1828 and the couple had three children: William Austin, Lavinia Norcross (Bio.com). Because of her family’s background, and despite being a woman of the time period, many of which were not permitted to receive and education, she went to both A...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how emily dickinson swayed from romanticism to a more realistic view, changing the standards of writing along with it.
  • Explains that emily dickinson's life was normal, except for a few key parts. her paternal grandfather, samuel, was the founder of amherst college.
  • Analyzes martha hale shackford's "the poetry of emily dickinson" as a critical essay on her poems. she uses compression, epigrammatic ambush, and chaotic rhymes.
  • Analyzes dickinson's use of chaotic rhymes, as well as epigrammatic ambushes, or short phrases put together to make a work.
  • Analyzes how emily dickinson's writings reflect her emotional upbringing and depression. she taught poets and writers how to better comprehend works.
  • Opines that emily dickinson is considered one of the greatest american female writers of all time.
  • Explains that emily dickinson's poetry was published by the poetry foundation.
  • Cites shackford, martha hale, "the poetry of emily dickinson" in nineteenth-century literature criticism.
  • Explains that significant to american literature - emily dickinson 101. google sites, n.d.
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