Death, But Love, And The Mind

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“This was a Poet – / It is That / Distills amazing sense / From Ordinary Meanings” (Dickinson, Fr 446). Emily Dickinson was that poet. Though her life was nowhere near as influential and turbulent as other poets, she managed to bring a fresh, occasionally wry outlook on ordinary things. She is popularly known today for her largely death-related poetry and reclusive lifestyle, yet her life influenced her poetry to encompass many themes, not just death, but love, nature, and the mind.

“To make the abstract tangible, to define meaning without confining it, to inhabit a house that never became a prison, Dickinson created in her writing a distinctively elliptical language for expressing what was possible but not yet realized.” (Poetry Foundation, 2013). Dickinson wrote largely about death, loss and pain. Many of her poems describe death as a suitor, yet a tyrant. Death was the object of fear, and yet it was a blessed way into Heaven- the ultimate release. These negative themes overlapped with her motif of the mind, or the ‘inner world’, and hope. As for love, she treated it with great sincerity, revealing her passion through the intense words. Her poems about love also overlapped with her love of nature, but she did not always view nature as a benevolent being. Dickinson wrote her poems with a specific style, which many deem as ‘cryptic’. This may be due in part to her deep symbolism, and the leaving out of some words, forcing the readers to finish the connection. She…
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