It is interesting how people choose to accept this permanent and expected event, death. Similarly, Emily Dickinson has written many poems about death, such as “The last Night that She lived” (843), which describes a family waiting for a woman or girl to die and the dreary and depressed mood that exists within the household. Mourning is considered a perfectly healthy reaction when someone who is deeply loved and cared about passes on, and this is illustrated in “The Memory of Elena” (1070-71) by Carolyn Forche. She writes about the events following a funeral and also flashes back to the actual moment that a wife has watched her husband die. W.H Auden’s “Funeral Blues,” Carolyn Forche’s “The Memory of Elena,” and Emily Dickinson’s “The last Night that She lived” are all poems which share death as their subject matter, but differ in the fact that they discuss death in a unique style with a variety of literary devices to make them more effective.
"You only enshroud yourself in the fiery mist and I cannot reach you, but only rejoice on the rare sparkles of light," said Thomas Higginson; noting how difficult it was to capture one of America's best poets, Emily Dickinson. Dickinson proved to be an elusive subject time and time again through her unique writing style (Blooms 1). But why did she write the way she did? Throughout her life, Dickinson encountered many things that affected her poetry, whether they were her family, famous poets, or traumatic events. At 5:00 AM on December 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson was born at the Homestead, a brick mansion built by her grandfather (Blooms 1).
These men were Reverend Charles Wadsworth, Samuel Bowles, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Emily corresponded and shared poetry with these men, and it has been suggested that the love poems she wrote referred to one of them. It was through these love poems that Emily was able to express her emotional desires and her longing to touch and be close to someone. Openly expressing them was not an option because of the Puritan religion of her family and the time and culture in whi... ... middle of paper ... ...e that she is moving away from the happy pictures of children playing and of sunsets to something more sinister. Her own lightweight clothing is not enough to keep her warm.
In read several articles about the concept of death to miss Dickinson; many people wanted to know why she has written many poems revolving the subject of death. Many reviewed Dickinson’s written poems of a way of spiritual finding, meaning of life, to express herself, and to be at peace. Many that review the life of Emily Dickinson talk about her poetry as something that she has published for the masses but many of her works were supposed to be burnt by her sister. Emily Dickinson's poems reveals that death is her principal subject; in fact, because the topic is related to many of her other concerns, it is difficult to say how many of her poems concentrate on death. But over half of them and about a third centrally, feature the subject of death.
Her experience with her solitude and religious ideals added to the truth behind some of her poems. Additionally, her pain experienced from deaths and her fascination with death portrayed an individual’s true feelings toward death. Her love life greatly influenced her poetry because many people did not know about her having any kind of relationships with people. Overall, reading Emily Dickinson's poetry helps a person discover the many experiences of her life.
These are just some of her many poems, according to Nesteruk, death was very important to Emily Dickinson, out of over one thousand seven hundred poems she wrote, five hundred – six hundred are about death. “Death was her most powerful and best written work” (Nesteruk, 27) All the editors in The Emily Dickinson Journal 6.1 suggest death is a subject and mystery to be explored (37). This was said after the editors had taken a look at many of her poems. There is a reoccurring theme of death in the poems of Emily Dickinson. Many have interpreted them and found different solutions to why she wrote about death.
Being a traditional Christian, through religion Dickinson believed in the afterlife after death. Emily Dickinson displays the beliefs of death in the reflection of religion, afterlife and immortality in her poems give readers the feeling of acceptance. Many people fear death due to the fact that they will leave their loved ones and descent from the face of the earth, however, Dickinson did not show any signs of fear while talking and writing about death. “A close reading of Dickinson’s poems indicates that the best of her poems revolve round the theme of death” (Antony & Dewan 2). Many of Dickinson’s poems have the central theme of death, as to no one know why, however, it is proclaimed welcoming.
The speaker is on the journey to the final resting spot, as the following lines suggest “We passed before a House / th... ... middle of paper ... ...ed surrounded by grieving loved ones. This poem is also different, as the speaker is illustrating the feelings and the surroundings as the speaker is dying, describing what is going on as it happens. It is not a memory like the first poem. Although, both poems are similar in subject matter, they tell stories so divergent. “Because I could not stop for Death” had a stronger impact on me.
although there was mostly hatred you can also see how even though they had a bad relationship she still misses him “Bit my pretty red heart in two. I was ten when they buried you. At twenty I tried to die And get back, back, back to you. I thought even the bones would do.” (www.poets.org, 2014). Along with writing a poem about her dad Sylvia had also wrote many other poems, her first poem was even published in the Boston Herald’s ch... ... middle of paper ... ...Plath and on February 11, 1963 she wrote a note telling her downstairs neighbour to call the doctor.
She returned home so she wouldn't have to face the religious environment, and her parents asked her to come home. [ 10. http://www.sappho.com/poetry/historical/e_*censored*in.html ] Emily began to write poems at an early age. She had several inspirations in her poem writing. Emily Bronte was a poet, and after her brother's death she stayed home until her death. Bronte's book became a big success after her death.