Emily Dickinson : An American Poet Of The 19th Century

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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet of the 19th century. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily Dickinson gradually separated herself from her social life and lived most of her life in their family house. She only published a few poems out of over 1700 poems during her lifetime. Her other poems were published a few years later after her death when her sister found her collection of poems. They call it fascicles. Her poems have a variety of themes from death and immortality to nature. She is also popular in her uses of dashes and unique imagery and metaphor in her poems. Emily Dickinson has shaped American identity through her unique poem structure and her unique perception of things. One of these is her view of death, which is a usual theme of her poems. Three of her major works are “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” “Behind Me—Dips Eternity,” and “I Heard a Fly Buzz—When I Died,” and they all have the main theme of death. Even though, all three of these poems have the same theme, they all have different views of death. In Emily Dickinson’s death poems, no two poems have the same view of death. Some of Emily Dickinson’s poems have similarities with Walt Whitman’s poems. She has also contributed to the American Romantic movement. Emily Dickinson has a mastery of image and metaphor. She is “not the poet of unwavering statement” (Vanderslice 197). Engle states, “Dickinson’s ‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’ has by now established itself among the most…
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