Understanding Emily Dickinson Essay

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Understanding Emily Dickinson
Broward College

Biography of the author, Emily Dickinson
Genre of the author’s poetry
Main themes of the authors works and poems
Main types of imagery used in the authors poems
Thesis Statement: The main ideas of all of Emily Dickinson’s poems is faith and things that really do go beyond the real world.

“Success Is Counted Sweetest”
Motivation to succeed in everything you do
Appreciating all the things you succeed at in life
Doing everything you can to succeed at everything you do
“Because I Could Not Stop For Death”
Death should never be feared because you cannot stop it
Immortality is ...view middle of the document...

Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst at the Homestead. She was born on December 10, 1830. Emily Dickinson produced almost 1800 poems and letters in her lifetime. Her childhood was filled with schooling, reading, exploring nature around her, religious activities, and also her friendships. Her most intense and difficult years of writing included the decade of Emily Dickinson’s late 20s and early 30s. During this time period she has created 1100 poems but she made few attempts to publish her work. Instead she decided to share her works privately with her family and friends. As Emily Dickinson got older, she withdrew from public life; the only things that had seemed to occupy her anymore were her garden, her friends and family, and her health concerns. Most of her poems remained unpublished until right after she died on May 15, 1886. After Emily’s death, her poems and the story of her life were brought to the attention of the world. One of the most known themes of Emily Dickinson’s poetry is death, due to the many tragic life experiences she had. Another theme would be truth and its nature. Emily Dickinson was obsessed with the idea of truth and with finding it in her poetry. She wrote many poems about fame and success, focusing on the negative aspects of fame and implying she did not want this for herself. Emily Dickinson wrote about faith and religion, freedom and the intensity of emotion. Many of Emily Dickinson’s poems are centered on vivid images. The imagery in her works often have abstract concepts that could be difficult to understand. In her poems she hides a deeper meaning behind all the images and she seems to rely on different techniques then the other Imagists of that time did. However, the main themes of her works all together would be having strong faith, something of a divine world.
The first poem I researched by Emily Dickinson is “Success Is Counted Sweetest.” This poem very motivational and inspiring for anyone who reads it. It made me very motivated and encouraged to do well and succeed at everything I do. In Jennifer Bussey’s critical essay on “Success Is Counted Sweetest,” she considers Emily’s thoughts and ideas be that of a person just before he/she dies and moves on into the afterlife. Jennifer Bussey tells the reader that Emily’s interest in death and moving toward a life beyond us is a theme that is well known to all her readers. She adds to this that many of Emily Dickinson’s main themes of her poems also include love, nature and relationships, in order to make the reader aware of Emily Dickinson’s poetry diversity. The critic says that this poem, as well as a few of her others, displays the thoughts and feelings a person may be having or even thinking right before they say goodbye for the final time (Bussey, Page 9).
Chanthana Chaichit is the author of another critical essay on the poem “Success Is Counted Sweetest.” The name of Chaichit’s essay specifically explains...

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