Emily Dickinson Review And Interpretation Of Poems #449, #465, And #712

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Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson's poetry mostly reflects her feelings towards death and the projected events after death. As a poet, she was a very inward, and wrote about feelings that came from deeply within her--unlike other poets of her time whose societies were directly shown in their poetry (i.e.-Walt Whitman). Of course social and historical values shaped her personality, but in her poetry alone little can be derived about either the time period she lived in or the political and societal issues during her lifetime.Emily Dickinson was a very unique poet for her time. Her poems were mostly written in four line stanzas that have the voice of a hymn or psalm. Her scheme was usually an ABCB ...view middle of the document...

This person had died for truth and claims that truth and beauty are the same. The speaker says that they met at night as "kinsmen" and talked between their tombs until the moss reached their lips and covered their names on their tombstones. It even portrays images and words that suggest martyrdom--"I died for beauty".This poem states a reality, which is death. The end all which no one can escape--everyone must face it and deal with it. It suggests that death gradually erases all--identity (as the moss covers their tombstone names), human feelings and functions (namely in this case her ability to speak "until the moss covered our lips"). And by the speaker's voice (who is untroubled by the state in which she finds herself) seems to be even comforting and accepting. This poem is just another example of her uniqueness as a revolutionary poet. A revolutionary thinker is an essential ingredient for any poet to be successful. For who would look at a tomb and have a story like this evolve in ones mind. Emily Dickinson's perception of what an average person would see completely different--is what makes her poetry so unique. The symbolism and imagery suggested here is very deeply thought out even though the poem itself is short, the idea behind it can be discussed and debated for hours. So it is Emily Dickinson's perceptions and train of thought as the story in the poem evolves which is what classifies her as revolutionary. She was taking a stand against the barriers of female limitations, her conservative New England limitations, and the traditional Protestant limitations.Another poem by Emily Dickinson, "I heard a fly buzz when I died", is also about death and her unique ability to create unforgettable, timeless images. In this scene the images created here are specifically about the moments before death, the signing of a will, and the tunnel into the next world (the window). These predicaments are something that everyone must do in life, and therefore are timeless."I heard a fly buzz when I died;The stillness round my formWas like the stillness in the airBetween the heaves of storm.The eyes beside had wrung them dry,And breaths were gathering sureFor that last onset, when the kingBe witnessed in his power.I willed my keepsakes, signed awayWhat portion of meCould make assignable, - and thenThere interposed a fly,With blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz,Between the light and me;And then the windows failed, and thenI could not see to see."-Emily Dickinson poem #465In the first stanza the speaker hears a fly buzz while she lay on her deathbed. This fly may seem to be irrelevant in a time of death, because as the last line suggests, she does die ("I could not see to see"). But this weird distraction becomes the figure of death itself as the fly's presence cuts the speaker's sight off from the light of the window and his deathblow is the ("blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz"). This deathbed scene also describes the signing of a will at the last moment -("what...

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