Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson


May 12, 2004


She lived the life of a recluse, considered odd at her best and insane at her worst. Emily Dickinson was not considered “normal” by most people’s standards, and neither was her poetry. She used her sheltered life in Amherst to contrast the expansive universe her poetry encompassed.


As a child, Dickinson appeared like an average schoolgirl. Inside, she knew she was different, a mourner among the children. She came from a religious and well-to-do family. She chose to follow her own Sabbath, which she observed at home. The vivid imagination that produced poems such as “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I heard a fly buzzed when I died” also produced an imaginary love for her mentor Charles Wadsworth. While Wadsworth was not the only man she fell for, he is a template for other gentlemen that captivated Dickinson’s imagination. Thomas Wentworth Higginson was another mentor (and unavailable) mentor of Emily’s. It was through these psuedo-relationships that Dickinson experienced the heartache and pain she so gracefully penned.


Dickinson was a master observer, be it in the heart, mind, birds, flowers, or insects, Dickinson sought to breath new air into topics that have possessed the pens of poets for hundreds of years. She succeeded.


Dickinson’s style was extremely unique. Since her poems were untitled, the first line of the poem became the title. Other trademark Dickinson techniques included brevity and four-lined stanzas with ABCB rhyming patterns.


Dickinson found inspiration in style through religious texts. She often used numerous rhyming styles and patterns. Slant rhyme, like coupling nerve with love or society with majority, focuses on words that aren’t perfect rhymes. Another sort of rhyming Dickin

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