Emily Dickinson Analytical Essay by academic

Emily Dickinson
An overview of the life, times and works of this nineteenth century American writer.
# 29000 | 1,437 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 13, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper begins by describing the life and times of Emily Dickinson who was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. It describes her reclusive way of life and her seclusion in her family's home from a relatively young age. The paper then looks at the themes of her poetry, especially nature. It addresses the humor and/or irony found in several of Dickinson's poems, including "Faith is a Fine Invention" and "Success Is Counted Sweetest". Finally, the author of the paper critiques three of Dickinson's poems - "Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church", "On This Long Storm the Rainbow Rose" and "My Cocoon Tightens, Colors Tease".

From the Paper:

"Dickinson never tired of examining the unique facts of existence. Hidden away on the second story of her parents' home, she analyzed practically every aspect of nature in poems that she began to bind into small books that were called fascicles. At about age 30, Dickinson began to look intensely at life itself, rather than looking for the normal expectations of life. While the Civil War raged on, she wrote the most and best of her poems (Loving, paragraphs 4-12). The poet continued to write in the 1870's but at a much slower pace. Probably one of her best poems, however, was written in this period of decline. The poem, "A Route of Evanescence," it describes the fluttering ascent of a hummingbird. For Dickinson, this erratic ascent was also the route of experience. Life was finally inscrutable, and its joy was to be found in studying its paradoxes (Loving, Paragraphs 13-18)."

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