Emily Dickinson Research Paper

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Michael Salvucci Mrs. Comeau English 10 Honors Death, Pain, and the Pursuit of Peace Although Emily Dickinson’s poetry is profoundly insightful, her poems have a very confinedpan of subjects and themes. Most likely due to her early life and social reclusion, Dickinson’s poetry is limited to three major subjects: death, pain, and on a somewhat lighter note, nature. Dickinson’s poetry is greatly influenced by her early life as she led an extremely secluded and pessimisticlife. In her early adult years the poet spent one year studying at female seminary, from 1847 to 1848. Dickinson’s blunt pessimistic attitude is shown in a letter, written to a friend, as she says “I am not happy…Christ is calling everyone here, all my companions have …show more content…
Many of her poems written about nature have a more straightforward meaning, rather than a deep hidden message. They also seem tell a story of something Dickinson saw while she was looking out to her garden. For example, in the poem “A Bird Came Down The Walk” the speaker simply tells the events that took place when a bird landed on her porch; A bird came down the walk: He did not know I saw; He bit an angle-worm in halves And ate the fellow, raw. (lines 1-4) There is a sort of humorous element to the poem when the speaker emphasizes the bird ate the worm raw; was the speaker expecting the bird to cook the worm before it ate it? Another simple poem, “A Day”, even begins with the line “I'll tell you how the sun rose,” (line 1). Much of Dickinson’s poems about her environment feature childish, whimsical vocabulary hinting at the fact that she enjoyed the natural scenery she was surrounded by, and it uplifted her spirit in her depressing and grief stricken life. Emily Dickinson is considered one of America’s greatest poets because of her large contributions to literature at a time where such meaningful poetry was absent. Her redundancy with the subjects of death, pain, and nature add one-of-a-kind character to her style of writing. Most of her work relates to morbid subjects, but it is these subjects that set Dickinson apart from other writers at the time, leaving Emily Dickinson to be remembered as one of

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