Emily Dickinson's Poetry

Emily Dickinson's Poetry

Length: 1016 words (2.9 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓


Emily dickinson's Poetry

 

 

In Emily Dickinson's Poetry she has a great interest with brief encounters and transition states of mind.

 

 

Dickinson's depicts many of her brief encounters in great detail. Even if it was only a passing moment, Dickinson does not omit any aspect of her sightings. An example of a passing moment which she develops into great detail would be Dickinson's first sighting of the bird in "A bird came down the walk" Here ED expands on the birds actions and movements. Her description of the bird in flight takes up many lines. Instead of simply telling us the bird took flight, she elaborates on the beauty and grace of his flight. The actions of the birds are awe - inspiring to her.

 

 

"And rowed him softer home"

"Than oars divide the ocean....."

 

 

Dickinson's attitude to passing moments is quite complex, as she does not interpret them simply as a "passing moment" but an extraordinary descriptive event.

 

 

Another example of a passing moment would be in "A narrow fellow in the grass" In this poem Dickinson's keen observation of passing moments is clearly observed. She notices every movement of the snake even though his movements are very sudden and fast. Initially the snake is characterized as transient or passing swiftly. These movements appear to be very sudden but Dickinson goes into more detail and as a result the essential nature of the snake is clearly defined.

 

 

"The grass divides as with a comb"

"Whip lash" "wrinkled and was gone"

 

 

The snake's brief passing seems much longer to Dickinson whereas it was a very quick movement. By using he word "Whiplash" to describe the snakes actions we can see how sudden the experience must have been. She tells us how she was frightened to the core of her being:

 

 

"Without a tighter breathing

"And Zero at the bone"

 

 

Dickinson does not treat this as a quick passing moment but an experience, which she elaborates on. This aspect of her work also occurs in "I felt a funeral in my brain" An example of this would be her stream of consciousness which is clearly illustrated with Dickinson' s urgent repetition of `And "

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Emily Dickinson's Poetry." 123HelpMe.com. 19 Nov 2019
    <https://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=15139>.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay on The Impact Of Emily Dickinson On Poetry

- IMPACT OF EMILY DICKINSON ON POETRY Impact of Emily Dickinson on Poetry Minyue Dai Shenzhen Middle School . Emily Dickinson is an American poet, born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her aristocratic family provided high-quality education and living standard for her, but in fact she lived an isolated life in most years. According to Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1970, Emily Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime....   [tags: Mind, Poetry, Thought, Emily Dickinson]

Research Papers
830 words (2.4 pages)

Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's Poetry Essay

- Emily Dickinson is a very familiar name to most people who have ever been in any kind of Literature class. Dickinson wrote many poems. The total count falls just short of 1,800. However, only about ten were published in her lifetime (Roberts 735). There are several common themes in her poetry, but grief is present in almost all of them. Emily Dickinson’s poetry is a little diverse, but most of her poetry falls into one of these four categories: nature, love, God, or death. The first ironic theme in Dickinson’s poems is nature....   [tags: Poetry, Literature, Death, Emily Dickinson]

Research Papers
885 words (2.5 pages)

Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's Poetry Essay

- Noted as the most popular American and prolific poet, Emily Dickinson illustrated a unique style in all of her 1,775 poems, a monstrous amount of work completed in one’s lifetime. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson never ventured away from her hometown. In fact, she held a reclusive life, becoming mostly introverted and somewhat eccentric. Her only friendships were carried out through her correspondence letters. She was unwilling to greet any guest; as a matter of fact, she stayed at home by herself in her later years....   [tags: Poetry, Human, Violence, Emily Dickinson]

Research Papers
1254 words (3.6 pages)

The Consistencies Of Style And Theme Of Emily Dickinson 's Poetry Essays

- Introduction The aim of this paper is to discuss the consistencies of style and theme in Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her childhood, Emily stayed in her home and rarely went out to see the world and very few people came to see her at her home making her world very small and lonely. On a trip to Philadelphia, Emily met Sir Charles Wadsworth who is believed to have influenced some of her poems about “heartsickness” when he went back to West Coast....   [tags: Poetry, Life, Emily Dickinson, Death]

Research Papers
866 words (2.5 pages)

Emily Dickinson - Her Life and Poetry Essay

- Emily Dickinson - Her Life and Poetry Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born December 10, 1830, into an influential family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father helped found Amherst College, where Emily later attended between 1840 and 1846. She never married and died in the house where she was born on May 15, 1886. Emily Dickinson’s reclusive life was arguably a result of her proposed bi-polar disorder. This life and disorder unduly influenced the themes of her poetry. She chose not to associate herself with society and volumes of her poems, published posthumously, examine this idea as well as the themes of nature and death....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poetry]

Research Papers
629 words (1.8 pages)

Literary Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poetry Essay

- Literary Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poetry      Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous authors in American History, and a good amount of that can be attributed to her uniqueness in writing. In Emily Dickinson's poem 'Because I could not stop for Death,' she characterizes her overarching theme of Death differently than it is usually described through the poetic devices of irony, imagery, symbolism, and word choice.      Emily Dickinson likes to use many different forms of poetic devices and Emily's use of irony in poems is one of the reasons they stand out in American poetry....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poet Poetry Analyze Essays]

Research Papers
1056 words (3 pages)

Emily Dickinson and Her Poetry Essays

- Emily Dickinson was ahead of her time in the way she wrote her poems. The poems she wrote had much more intelligence and background that the common person could comprehend and understand. People of all ages and critics loved her writings and their meanings, but disliked her original, bold style. Many critics restyled her poetry to their liking and are often so popular are put in books alongside Dickinson’s original poetry (Tate 1). She mainly wrote on nature. She also wrote about domestic activity, industry and warfare, economy and law....   [tags: Dickinson Poet Poetry Essays]

Research Papers
669 words (1.9 pages)

Emily Dickinson and Her Poetry Essay

- Emily Dickinson and Her Poetry Emily Dickinson is one of the great visionary poets of nineteenth century America. In her lifetime, she composed more poems than most modern Americans will even read in their lifetimes. Dickinson is still praised today, and she continues to be taught in schools, read for pleasure, and studied for research and criticism. Since she stayed inside her house for most of her life, and many of her poems were not discovered until after her death, Dickinson was uninvolved in the publication process of her poetry....   [tags: Poem Dickinson Poetry Biographies Essays]

Research Papers
3199 words (9.1 pages)

Essay on Emily Dickinson and Interpretations of Her Poetry

- Emily Dickinson and Interpretations of Her Poetry During Emily Dickinson’s fifty-six years she was able to produce many complex poems that contained deeply hidden meanings. When I consider the life she lived, this is not surprising to me. She was not only talented, but she also was born into a family and time that would provide much of her inspiration. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born into the Dickinson family on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her parents, Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson, were strict and cold like the Puritan religion they upheld....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poet Poem Essays]

Research Papers
1552 words (4.4 pages)

Essay about The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

- There are several important and interesting authors in the American Literature history to talk about in this paper. However, Emily Elizabeth Dickinson is one of the most fascinating authors that generates admiration by reading her life and poems. Even tough her poems were not completed and written on scraps of paper, she is considered one of the great geniuses of nineteenth-century American poetry. The main reason of this reputation is based on the fact that her poems are innovative. Her poetry is different because she uses different literacy aspects from her contemporary writers....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Essays]

Free Essays
1020 words (2.9 pages)

Related Searches


 

 

"And then I heard them lift a box"

"And I dropped down and down"

 

 

It's as if the poet needs to express each thought in rapid succession for fear she will forget something. It is this relentless, unceasing nature of the experience that conveys the hopelessness of her situation. All these are examples of passing moments in her mind. She elaborates on this passing moment and gives us a clear picture of all the thought's and images in her mind.

 

 

Each of the poems concerns themselves with realms of consciousness and with the isolated nature of existence. For this reason they are intensely personal as they focus on the inner experience. These passing moments of intense personal insight are well depicted in many of her poems.

 

 

Another important fascination Emily Dickinson portrays in her poetry is Transition States. Her poems contemplate on the transience of life. An example of this would be in "I felt a funeral in my brain" The funeral marks the passage from one state to another. (Life to death, sanity to insanity)

 

 

`And then a plank in Reason, broke

And I dropped down and down....'

 

 

From this we can see Dickinson in a transitional state. She is falling between life and death. The pressures of everyday life as illustrated in the images of `the mourners treading' the `beating of the drum' `the boots of lead' causes her to snap and this propels her into a loss of all sensation (unconsciousness)

 

 

`And I, and Silence, some strange Race

Wrecked solitary here'

 

 

This shows Dickinson in an in-between state of sanity and insanity. She finds herself in a strange place with a "strange race" not knowing where to go or what to do.

 

 

"And hit a world at every plunge"

 

 

She falls past "worlds" which may stand for her past; she is loosing her connections to reality. Her descent is described as "plunges" suggesting the speed and force of her fall into psychological chaos - here transition state.

 

 

A further example of ED in a transition State is in "I heard a fly buzz when I died"

 

 

The opening lines juxtapose the death of the poet with the life of the fly, stillness with movement and silence with noise. Her fascination with the deathbed scene is a moment of transition from life to death.

 

 

Dickinson uses present and past tense indicating that transition between existence and death.

 

 

`I heard a fly buzz when I died'

 

How can you hear a fly buzz when you're dead? Except perhaps if you are in a transition state.

 

 

Throughout her poetry death is always seen as a doorway, never as an end. This doorway of death is "the stillness in the air between the heaves of storms" that moment of calm and stillness, before the storm begins again. Death is an experience outside the realm of this world's consciousness or understanding - transitional state.

 

 

In these transitional states of Emily Dickinson's mind, she writes the un-manageable - what it is like to die. It is quite shocking yet impressive as she puts into language the one experience that exists outside of language. Dickinson's Transition states allow us to experience her outlook on everyday life and the emotions she endures.

 

 

Dickinson's most important perception is in short-lived moments and in - between states of the mind. Her short-lived moments are described in great detail, which give us the readers, a clearer insight into her outlook on nature and transience. Her transition states allow us to s look deeper into her mind and feelings. They are for us to read, interpret and to create meaning.

"And finished knowing - then"

 

 
Return to 123HelpMe.com