Emily Dickinson 's Death Of Life

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Known for her ability to succinctly pen elegant and thought provoking poems on a wide range of topics: from self reliance to the turmoils of war, Emily Dickinson remains a pillar of talent and inspiration to this day. While most, if not all, poets reveal elements of themselves within their works Dickinson seems to lay herself bare before her readers; leaving very little left to the imagination. Dickinson achieves this by combining symbolism, allegory and often nimble punctuation within her stanzas. One of the poets most discussed themes seems to be death. From stylized descriptions of the various ways to meet one 's end; to the feelings that accompany dying or the loss of a loved one – Dickinson explores it all. In the process of her exploration she brings the reader along with her to discover the rationality of religion and the possibility of figurative immortality.

Discussing the concept of death within Emily Dickinson 's seemingly innumerable poems is a daunting task. Albeit, a task that serves as an eye opening look into the human understanding of dying and all its nuances. Dickinson 's penchant for writing about death likely steams from the way she often encountered death in her own life. From losing both of her parents and other important familial figures to living through the civil war; there was no shortage of mortality that Dickson couldn 't write about. One of her most notable poems is number 465, or “I heard a fly buzz – when I died”. The opening line itself…
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