Death And Love : Emily Dickinson

1679 Words May 5th, 2015 7 Pages
Emily Dickinson, born in a puritan and religious family in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, is known to be one of the greatest poets of all time. However, she is characterized because she seldom left her home and had few visitors. By 1860, Dickinson lived in almost complete isolation, and yet the few people to ever have contact with her were a huge influence on her poetry. Grief, was Dickinson’s primary companion, especially during her writing period, which some scholars attribute as the time between 1858 and 1865. Similarly, Giacomo Leopardi, who specialized in the analysis of the cause of human unhappiness, went through what is referred to poetic silence (1823-1830). That is to say, Leopardi was also a victim of his own seclusion. What connects both poets despite them not crossing paths on earth is their focus on death and love as recurring themes in their poems. Leopardi’s thoughts evolved from the gradual awareness of his own unhappiness, which was caused by the solitude and isolation of his upbringing. Both poets are prominent in world literature, but what was it that made them what they are? Is it their solitude, grief and unrequited love what led them to share interest in both death and unhappiness? It is clear that for both poets, their decision to live life as recluses did not close their mind whatsoever, but rather allowed the flow of new thoughts and inner experiences with self-discovery. Overall, many of Dickinson’s poems refer to an invisible lover, -…
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