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Theme Of Death In Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson is a poet who was much unknown during her time but is very well known for her profound use of syntax. She is very well recognized in the 21st century because of her obsession with death and immortality in her poems. Emily Dickinson is viewed as a morbid poet because of her fascination with death and the afterlife but this could be due to the fact that she lost several of her closest friends in 1880 or because of her religion and notions about god. I believe Emily wrote about death and immortality because she had an understanding of what it felt to lose people you care about. Emily became fascinated with it and gave readers a new insight in a topic that many people aren’t very comfortable with in her poem “Because I could not stop for death” Emily personifies death as a companion and not a freighting fate that we all have to face.
Death is not a just a theme used throughout her poems but it was Emily Dickinson’s lifelong obsession. Death has been mentioned frequently in her poems together with frustration, suffering, pain, sorrow, grief and loneliness Death is portrayed by her from every possible aspect – as the courtly lover, the dreadful assassin, the physical corruptor, a free agent in nature and wonderful company on a carriage ride. She was obsessed with the problem of death and life after death. This obsession with death and spirituality made critics view Dickinson as a mysterious and dark poet. In the text “Blind Seeing: Death writing from Dickinson to
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