Emily Dickinson Poetry Analysis

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“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean” (Socrates). What does it mean to be this type of poet? How can someone accomplish such success in poetry, the answer is just two words Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson spent a large portion of her life in isolation, not because she was forced to or because she was ill, Dickinson simply wanted to be alone and because of her isolation she became one of the greatest female poets of all time. Emily Dickinson set the bar high for other female poets and created some of the most renowned poems in the world. The two poems “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” and “Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant” are drastically different poems that tell two different stories, but there are some aspects that cause them to be similar: Imagery, tone, and the statement that the two poems make. When Emily Dickinson wrote these poems she created abstract concepts with concrete images. When Dickinson created “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” she used many literary techniques, but her use of metaphors is very significant, that paint a picture for the reader and causes them to reach inside themselves to find the answer. Dickinson uses the metaphor “ Then—closes the Valves of her attention—”, she is using this metaphor to tell the reader that when the soul

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