The Tormented Soul Of Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson, the self-secluded poet from Amherst, is now considered one of the greatest American Poets. She, in breaking conventional grammar rules, created a new form of poetry, her own, to attain this title. Through the use of unconventional grammar styles Dickinson was able to create a poem, when read in the mind appears to be incomprehensible, but when read aloud is made clear to the reader. Dickinson also made use of common objects and emotions in her poems, which captivated the reader and allowed the reader to escape into a world created by her. Dickinson's use of common objects and emotions was due to her un-social and hostile background, which created a twisted soul inside of ...view middle of the document...

The action that took place is referred to in the second sentence, the shutting of the door. The dash represents a pause, not only in the pronunciation, but in the poem as well. The soul paused, possibly to think, after selecting the society and after pausing, shut the door. This poem is an example of how Dickinson uses the dashes to acquire the reader's engagement.

Not only did Dickinson use dashes in certain locations to change her poem, but she also changed the capitalization of certain words to change the stress on them.

When a reader indulges the first sentence of The Soul Selects her own Society, two words immediately expose themselves, soul and society due to their capitalization. The reader's first thought is that the sentence is related to soul and society. Similarly, the second sentence is related somehow to door. Capitalization is used by Dickinson to emphasize the main words or points of her poem, even if capitalization is unnecessary. Dickinson disobeyed the common rules of grammar and poetry, but in the process of disobeying, created a poem of much greater magnitude.

However, a difference in grammar was not the only significant difference between regular poetry and Dickinson's poetry. Most of her poems concentrate on common objects, exposed to everyone.

Common objects are found throughout Dickinson's poetry as the main focus of the poem. In I heard a Fly buzz- when I died-, Dickinson concentrates on the fly, promoting the fly from more than an insect to representing the narrators death. The poem conveys the narrator's feelings about dying and compares dying to a fly. Near the narrator's death, the fly was heard, "With Blue- uncertain stumbling Buzz-." After which the narrator, "...could not see to see-." The narrator's blindness or death is compared to the uncertain stumbling buzz of the fly. The fly's bearing is unknown, as the narrator's bearing is also unknown. Whether that bearing be heaven or hell or nothing, the bearing will always be unknown to those who have not died.

Dickinson not only used common objects in her poems, but common themes expressed everyday.

Some of the themes that Dickinson preferred to write about were love, death, immortality, faith, the self, and nature. None of Dickinson's themes can easily be explained. What is love? Dickinson does not attempt to answer that question, but merely relate love to another form, usually an image, easily comprehended. She often forms one or two vivid images that portray her thoughts on the emotion more efficiently than any other words could. In Heart! We will forget him!, Dickinson portrays a picture of the narrator talking to her own heart, telling it to forget the object of its obsession. Through that image of the heart, she accurately portrays the common emotion of love, or lack of. In I never saw a Moor--, Dickinson refers to God. She has never seen Him, but knows that he and heaven exist, as if tickets to heaven were handed out. The reader...

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