Death Versus Death By Emily Dickinson

2596 Words Apr 13th, 2015 11 Pages
Maheen Chranya
English HP-E
Ratliff
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Death versus Death—but the Points go to Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was born in a time when not many women involved themselves in poetry or any form of intellectual capability. Nonetheless, she did, and she was such a wonderful poet that her poetry rivaled Whitman’s. Of course, no one ever saw her poetry at the same time as Whitman because she chose not to publish her poetry in her lifetime. Once she did, however, the world was shocked by the literary genius that lived in seclusion for a good majority of her life, especially because of how raw her writing was without having the influence of an editor or publisher. Her style is very distinguishable through it’s excessive but purposeful punctuation and 4-6-4-6 rhyme that matches church songs and patriotic songs like “Amazing Grace” and “Glory to God on High.” The church influenced more than her style, however, as much of her subject matter pertains to her unorthodox beliefs. Other subjects include hope and sometimes humor, but her ideas on death are both very interesting and complex. Dickinson does not make light of death, but she uses her poems as her diary to record her thoughts on death. She moves rapidly from thinking death is passive to thinking it is an amazing honor, but she also thinks of it in a terrified sense. Emily Dickinson’s views on death may not be easy to understand, and one may not draw a conclusion based off of her thoughts…
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