Theme on Emily Dickinson

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Anthony J. Buchanan English 203 1:00 MWF, Theme #3 Oct. 25, 2000 Poems of Emily Dickinson Thesis of my paper that I am trying to prove to the reader is that Emily Dickinson is a brilliant extraordinary writer. She talks about mortality and death within her life and on paper in her poem works. Although she lived a seemingly secluded life, Emily Dickinson's many encounters with death influenced many of her poems and letters. Perhaps one of the most ground breaking and inventive poets in American history, Dickinson has become as well known for her bizarre and eccentric life as for her incredible poems and letters. Numbering over 1,700, her poems highlight the many moments in a 19th century New England woman's life, including the…show more content…
In the poem, "I Heard A Fly Buzz", Dickinson writes in the last stanza, "With Blue-uncertain stumbling Buzz (referring to the negative pest)-Between the light-and me-And the Windows failed-and then I could not see-." Writers state that here Dickinson, (writing during the Civil War, 1863 specifically) speaks of the importance of mortality and death, and highlights that death has been on its way for a while. (pg 1179, l.13) As stated above, Dickinson is known for encompassing many perspectives on a single topic. In, "Because I could not stop for Death", also written in 1863, Dickinson writes of immortality and eternity, and although death does not "come in haste", his eventual coming is inevitable since death in eternal, " Since then-'tis Centuries-and yet, Feels shorter than the day, I first surmised the Horse's Head, Were toward Eternity-."(Dickinson pg 1183). Over all Dickinson's works can be seen as a study into the thoughts and emotions of people, especially in her exploration death. From its inevitable coming to its eternal existence, Dickinson explains her feelings and thoughts toward death in the full, "circumference" of its philosophy. As she edged towards the end of her life, Dickinson gave the world new poetic perspectives into the human mind and its dealing and avoidance of
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