‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them’- William Shakespeare’.
What makes a poet great? Is it that they make you laugh every time you read their work? Or maybe you can relate your life to the poems they write. In my opinion, to me a great poet is someone who writes a poem which affects many generations of readers, makes you think about what they have written, allows you to be able to visualise the words you’re reading and is able to make you get lost in the words. When I think of a ‘great’ poet, the first person who pops into my mind is Emily Dickinson. Over her life as a poet, Dickinson developed through phases, writing about different things as she passed through each one. She also used unique mechanisms in her writing such as dashes and capital letters. Dickinson was also renowned for her ideas and the concept of belonging, with her work being based on themes such as immortality, alienation and communication as significant events in her life affected the way she wrote and viewed the world.
Emily Dickinson was born in 1830, during the American Romanticism period (or more commonly known as the American Renaissance) in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she lived her life entire life until her death in 1886. As a young girl, Dickinson and her family regularly attended church but she stood out as eccentric when she refused to join the church officially or call herself a Christian because as she was growing up in a time where newly scientific concepts, especially Darwinism, were clashing with the traditional beliefs. Dickinson struggled with faith and doubt reflect her society's diverse perceptions of God, nature, and humankind (Emily Dickinson Museum , 2009)’. Dickinson first started w...
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... –‘. The poem is written as lyrical, exploring emptions, sensations and the human condition using the word I in the first sentence.. ‘Dickinson reminds a reader that the “I” in her poetry does not necessarily speak of the poet herself: “When I state myself, as the Representative of the Verse – it does not mean – me – but a supposed person” (Emily Dickinson Museum, 2009)’.
Dickinson has written the poem in iambic meter. However, she cleverly hides the rhythm so that it doesn’t interlude on the flow of the poem. The use of her unique punctuation style is the key to the enforced momentum of the piece.
Dickinson can be classed under the definition of a ‘great’ poet. She wrote about small everyday things which resonate globally. Her themes are relevant to our lives and the use of her unique punctuation and the way she plays with words entraps you within the poem.