Hope Is The Thing With Feathers And Hope Is A Subtle Glutton By Emily Dickinson

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She had grown up with politics as the daughter and sister of lawyers, was resolute in the views that had been shaped by the world around her, and just because society commanded that she fit into a mold shaped to keep her in line did not mean that she would ever comply. During college she refused to confess her faith in Christ publicly, defied the social norm and even her writing was deemed unconventional. She continuously experimented with the way she wrote, and did not strictly follow the rules set up by others. In two of her poems, “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers,” and “Hope is a Subtle Glutton”, Emily Dickinson used nontraditional structure with rhythm and meter to convey her ever-changing views of society throughout her life. In “Hope…show more content…
Many events that happen during a person’s life can fill a person with that belief. For Emily Dickinson, the marriage between one of her closest friends and her older brother and the birth of her nephew filled Dickinson with joy and happiness (A Timeline of Emily Dickinson 's Life | Emily Dickinson Museum). When someone is young, surrounded by family and friends, and good things are happening in their life the outlook they possess is pleasant and agreeable. This is why when she wrote her poem it displayed hopeful feelings, and the way Emily Dickinson accomplished this is through her wording and phrasing, but also through the arrangement of "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers". The way she stayed true to herself is she played around with the rhythm and meter in the her work (Major Characteristics…show more content…
She was never allowed to truly be herself out in society; only a handful ever accepted her as she was. This showed in the poems she wrote; over the course of her life she became the author of around 1,800 poems (Crumbley). Not all of them were published during the time she was alive, but they all reflected the inner workings of the mind. Early on, she was optimistic about the world and how "hope" influenced the people around her; later in life, Dickinson used the same style she used in "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers" in “Hope Is A Subtle Glutton” to express how vastly her views on “hope” had changed. There was a twenty year difference between the two poems and not only did she live through the devastation caused by the Civil war(A Timeline of Emily Dickinson 's Life | Emily Dickinson Museum), but she had started suffering from Bright Disease (Crumbley). This illness takes months or even years to kill someone and the entire time that person is in terrible pain. Some character traits of the disease include severe inflammation, swelling, kidney insufficiency, increased blood pressure, and severe back pain ("Bright Disease"). Today this disease is fairly simple to take care of and cure, but back in the 1800s it was an extremely painful way to die; with everything that happened during the span of her life it is understandable why Dickinson felt the way she did. In "Hope Is A Subtle Glutton"
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