Emily Dickinson Essay

815 Words Mar 11th, 2013 4 Pages
cember 2012

"Emily Dickinson's original approach to poetry results in startling and thought-provoking moments in her work"

Give your response to the poetry of Emily Dickinson in the light of this statement. Support your points with suitable reference to her poems.

Emily DIckinson is a wonderful, idiosyncratic poet, who's original and powerful poetry is marked by startling and thought-provoking moments, defining Dickinson's poetry. Dickinson describes in shocking detail, moments of utter elation, as demonstrated in 'I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed,' and 'I Could Bring You Jewels.' We see moments of depression and drastic desparation in 'I Felt a Funeral in My Brain,' and 'I Heard a Fly Buzz.' Even these titles give evidence of
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Again in this poem, Dickinson's originality is tangible through her delicate extended metaphores. All precious embodiments of love are considered, "Berries of the Bahamas." She explains however that, "The Meadow - Suits me." This is a thought-provoking statement, conveying that the beauties of the world could not rival the present moment. I think the sentament is particularly fitting, coming from Emily Dickinson who lives very much in the present moment. Her instant love is more precious than any foreign delicacy.

Perhaps the most profound and thought-provoking element of Dickinson's work is the precise contrast between the startling moments of ecstatic elation and the poet's works centered around moments of desperation and acute anxiety. These qualities are particularly prominent in the poem "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain." In which poet explores psychological collapse. I believe the theme is depression and mental breakdown. This piece is startling in its description of an interior state in such distinct, memorable and physical terms. Dickinson opens with a formal feeling, declaring her mental state before progressing to concretise her explanations of psychological torment. "Then I heard them lift a box and creek across my soul." The moments are shocking and disturbing, Dickinson brings us into the moment, forcing us to imagine our own death. Frustration

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