Symbolism in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry Essay

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Symbolism in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry

Kevin Hardy Jr.
English 215
Dr. Maxwell

Poems have many different interpretations, but let it be known that different people could see poems in many different ways. In Emily Dickinson’s poetry, she uses interpretations that refer back to mortality because of her past experiences throughout life that influenced her to write. But, there are other hidden facts that you would be able to see Dickinson’s poems, she uses symbolism of immortality, death, sorrow and personification throughout the three poems that I will be discussing in the following paragraphs. She describes each meaning to only symbolize one thing and without reading the whole poem one would not be able to notice this. But, I will
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In Poem 712 it is clear and cut that Dickinson is referring back to eternity or immortality. But, you have that dark gloomy feel because Dickinson refers back to Death being there and when she entered The Carriage it was a slow drive. You can almost accept that when Dickinson writes on immortality the subject will be dark and gloomy. Dickinson wrote,
We passed the Setting Sun-
Or rather-He passed Us-
The Dews drew quivering and chill-
For only Gossamer, my Gown-
My Tippet-only Tulle-(1149)
In the first stanza that I quoted you see that Dickinson was referring back to the normal world that the character is no longer apart of. But, this passage from the poem is significant because Dickinson refers to the setting sun as they are passing it then she corrects herself by saying the sun is passing them by because they are no longer apart of the real world, the character has become immortal. Dickinson uses the Dews to signify that it is cold and usually in the afterlife, it is cold, symbolizing Death. She further explains this by describing her fur scarf and clothing as not providing her with any warmth, showing that it is cold gloomy and dark in the afterlife. The way that Emily Dickinson uses poetic speech in poem 585 and brings to life to a lifeless object, a

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