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This paper examines how, born in 1830, Emily Dickinson?s life followed a unique path and how, from her solitary journey, came some of the most treasured and yet debated poetry in all of American history. It discusses how, from the perspective of modern America, today?s reader doesn?t understand what motivated a young woman to live a solitary life, without husband, mate, or web of social connections. It looks at how Dickinson loved writing poetry and how, at the time of her death, only a handful of poems had made it past the box under her bed. It attempts to explore, through an analysis of some of her poetry, whether there may have been some deeply symbolic meaning to her simple poetry or a deeply hidden secret, which Dickinson wanted to remain hidden, or at least, that is the assumption made by many of today?s readers.
From the Paper:"The conservative puritan reader approaches ED's poetry from his or her paradigm, and understanding of his or her time. The modern reader reads her poetry, and assumes from our own cultural understanding that she must have been referring to deeper sexual imagery. Our own sexual experience and our rebellion against sexual conservatism have so framed our cultural perspective that it is difficult to understand ED's poetry in any other light. This difference in cultural understanding and value system resembles a chasm, and ED's poetry is a bridge over the chasm from one century to another. This evaluation of ED's poetry will approach the subject from both sides of the bridge, ED's puritan values and modernity's lack of the same in an attempt to find a common understanding at the center."
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Emily Dickinson (2004, May 23) Retrieved February 06, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/emily-dickinson-51232/
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