Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's Poetry

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Poetry, almost as a rule, is difficult to interpret. The poet pours as much emotion, intrigue, and depth into as few lines as possible; this creates wonderfully crafted passages of verse that stand the tests of time, but it does present its own difficulties. Because the poet has so few words to utilize, they often give multiple meanings to one word, in order to increase the depth of their work. They also play with elements of poetry such as meter, rhyme, rhythm, and so on, to make their work unique amongst all the other great poetry in existence. Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous American poets, known for her deep variations from traditional poetry, especially her use of dashes for emphasis and for adjusting the meter of her poetry. Her poem 712, or “Because I could not stop for Death—“ is no exception from what modern readers have come to expect from Dickinson. This poem speaks of the narrator and her journey with a personification of Death, and the way this journey leads from the narrator being alive until after her death and her experience of immortality. It has all of the elements of poetry that Dickinson is famous for: slant rhymes, tremendous use of dashes, broken meter, and the use of capitalization for emphasis, all of which, along with Dickinson’s reclusivity from social life, combine to offer a complex poem with different levels of interpretation present in each line.
Emily Dickinson is considered by some to be one of the first Modernist poets to reshape…
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