The Theme Of Love And Death In Emily Dickinson's Poetry

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Emily Dickinson, an American poet, has written hundreds of poems. The total count falls just short of 1,800 (Roberts 735). Obviously, she wrote on many topics. Two of her most frequent topics are love and death. While love and death may be very common themes in many people 's writing, they are ironic themes for Dickinson for several reasons. Dickinson was never married and never had an open relationship in her life, but she did go through many deaths. This makes it ironic that she still wrote about love as though she had experienced it every day, and wrote about every death, including what she thought her own would be like.
Dickinson wrote many love poems, but she never had a relationship that has been verified. However, rumor has it that she had two relationships in her life. The first relationship was with a man named Reverend Charles Wadsworth. They met on a trip to Philadelphia. He visited her
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"If you were coming in the fall" is a poem about someone who is away. This was most likely one of the poems written about Wadsworth since the poem was written between 1860 and 1866. The speaker talks about their lover that has moved away. The speaker basically says they would wait forever for their lover to come back. She says if he "were coming in the fall" (1) she would "brush the summer by" (2), she would wait a year and "wind the moth balls" (6), and she would count the centuries "on [her] hand" (10). Another poem that shows her wild imagination is "Wild nights! Wild nights!" This poem is about having a wild night with the one the speaker loves. The speaker says, "Wild nights should be/Our luxury!" (3, 4) basically meaning nights like these should be considered a luxury. Poems like this show how much her imagination must have come into play in these poems, considering she had never been with a man, but was still writing poems such as this

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