Song of Myself and Slant of Light

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Throughout time, people have been exposed to elements that help them understand life. These tools can be found through family, religion, etc. These tools were and still are used by many great authors. Emily Dickinson was a great writer and was often inspired by nature. She utilized nature as a way of reflecting on her life. Walt Whitman did the same as well. Whitman used nature to evoke emotions and create a body of work that was beautiful. In both of their works, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson use nature to portray their views on death. In Emily Dickinson’s “Slant Of Light,” Dickinson looks upon the world from the standpoint of death. In the first lines of the poem, the sounds of the cathedral combine with a saddening feeling of winter afternoons. Going into the second verse, this image is further developed with the phrase “Heavenly Hurt.” The use of this phrase depicts the hurt being felt may not be bad, but joyous which is referred to as the “Seal Despair” in the third stanza. This can be interpreted as the seal awaiting a person between the stages of life and death when read within the context of the third stanza. The third stanza reads “None may teach it- Any-/ ‘Tis the Seal Despair/ An imperial affliction/ Sent us of the Air-.” This stanza represents being promised an afterlife when the time comes. The seal is a promise of some sort that comes from a place on high. The poem also references the “Slant of Light” as “it” in the poem. The use of “it” in the poem
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