Emily Dickinson on Pain
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This paper examines the many similarities between Emily Dickinson's poems ""Pain has an Element of Blank" and "I Measure Every Grief I Meet". The paper first examines "Pain has an Element of Blank" where Emily Dickinson describes pain as a domineering force that affects all humans and takes over the lives, identities and personalities of all whom it touches. The paper then contrasts this poem to "I Measure Every Grief I Meet" and notes similar ideas in both poems. Next, the paper highlights the main themes in "I Measure Every Grief I Meet" that deal with the immensity of the emotion of pain, but how in reality, the pain always dissipates over time.
From the Paper:"Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) attended school and seminary in her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts. In her mid-twenties, Dickinson began to live a life of reclusiveness and isolation. She stayed in her house and spent most of her time writing poetry about intimate experiences and ideas about life. It is estimated that she wrote approximately 1700 poems in her lifetime, which became famous only after her death. Specifically, two poems Dickinson wrote are called "pain has an element of blank", and "I measure every grief I meet." There are many similarities between these two poems. One idea that can be extracted from Dickinson's work is that pain is abstract and disconnected from everyday reality; it is eternal. Pain exists in a spiritual realm, not confined by the limits of time."
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