Emily Dickinson New Criticism

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From literary scholars and professionals to undergraduate college students to the high school student in an English class, Emily Dickinson is a renowned and beloved poet to analyze and study. Many people have studied the biography of her life in Amherst Massachusetts. Many have looked at her verse in comparison to other poets at the time like Walt Whitman. Still, through letters and one thousand seven hundred seventy-five poems, her work is still looked at in a vacuum. In this age of New Criticism where work is looked at from close readings and explications, readers tend to move past a cultural and historical perspective that can shed light on racial, social and political issues of the time. In particular, the Civil War (1861-1865) were critical years for poet Emily Dickinson that has been until recently looked over by scholars. Perhaps what should be done is to look at New Criticism through the lens…show more content…
Though no exact location is given, this poem may discuss according The Companion to Emily Dickinson that this was the Battle of Antietam which took place in September of 1862. It is described as “renowned and one of the bloodiest of the war, in which 6,000 men died and 170,000 were wounded (Smith 167).” It is also speculated that the son in this poem may referencing Frazar Sterns, the one Emily wrote the letter about to her cousin. He was the son of Amherst College’s president and a beloved friend of her brother Austin Dickinson. The Companion notes that some details in the poem do not match Stearns ' life story, his mother died during his childhood, a detail that suggests Dickinson may have had him partly in mind writing this poem (Smith 115).” Though, of course, that cannot be factually

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