Emily Dickinson I Like The Look Of Agony Poem Analysis

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Emily Dickinson was a poet, but not just any poet. She valued nature, explored religion and the afterlife, and experienced love, pain, and death all from the solitude of her own home. Physically, Dickinson was confined to the comfort of her own home; mentally, she was free. Henry David Thoreau once said, “This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space,” and followed up with “Why should I feel lonely?” Like Thoreau, Dickinson explored the idea of solitude and what it meant. Ultimately, she understood from personal experience that solitude could be lonely, but believed it was vital for self-awareness and spiritual development.
Dickinson grew up in a very religious household and in her youth decided to go against her family’s faith
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It is not a physical experience, and it is not confining or lonely. Picture a room full of thinkers where people are separated into groups by similar thoughts. Those who stand alone possess the type of loneliness Dickinson describes, those who stand in a group are the ones that die without understanding what it truly means.
Dickinson also argues through her work that solitude is accompanied by a sense of security. In “I like the look of Agony” she explores the selfish thoughts she contains. In this poem, the key word is look, which implies that she is an observer rather than a participant. This poem speaks of chaos that she is not a part of because she is secluded. She notes the world is dangerous for “Men do not sham Convulsion”. Dickinson maintains a devilish tone in this poem, but nonetheless, she gets her point across. There is not only intellectual gain, but safety in
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Thoreau also explored the idea of solitude and also explored perennial life. Dickinson would probably have to disagree with his concrete product that he produced. She believes that everyone is perpetually lonely and must realize that in order to have an eternal solitude. Thoreau on the other hand seems to believe that he shouldn’t feel lonely because he has nature, and the universe. The work that Thoreau produced was rather straight-forward with little fluff. Bluntly, he argues that solitude is found within nature and Dickinson argues that solitude is found in self discovery of eternal

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