Emily Dickinson - Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 Concise,...

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Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 Concise, compress and ambiguous Shy, reclusive You have to be a participatory reader Spend her whole life in Amherst As she got older the more she withdrew from society Watched the life of the town from her upstairs window 1862 Frustrated spinster, loved a married minister Very severe critic of organized religion (Whitman) Wrote about nature critically as well Subjects were love, death, nature, immortality and beauty Written in meters common to Protestant hymn books Poems employed irregular rhythms, off-or slant rhymes, paradox, and a careful balancing of abstract Latinate and concrete Anglo-Saxon words o Slant writing – sideways, slant drilling, drilling at a slanted angle into the neighbors yard for oil b/c you don’t have a lease on the neighbor’s land o Dickson’s meter 4 stresses followed by 3 stresses, then 4, and then 3 Jack and Jill tune
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