Close Reading - Walp 1 Elyse Walp March 9, 2008 English 130...

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Walp 1 Elyse Walp March 9, 2008 English 130 Section 4 Professor Fernando Close Reading Emily Dickinson was a poet that had an extremely refined understanding of the human psyche. She understood how people respond to situations, how they respond to change. This capability is showcased in her poem “After great pain, a formal feeling comes”. In this poem, Dickinson drops her reader into the specific emotions and processes that are undergone after a loss or some other event that causes a “great pain”. Dickinson’s ability to recognize these emotions and identify them as universal is what sets her apart as a poet. One of the emotions that Dickinson expresses in her poem is the all-encompassing numbness that is felt after a traumatic event. This numbness is like a human airbag. It is natural to want to protect oneself, and when faced with a horrible situation people are faced with two choices. People can let the suffering wash over you or you can hide behind a self-made shield. It most always seems like a better option to feel nothing at all compared to the intense
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Close Reading - Walp 1 Elyse Walp March 9, 2008 English 130...

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