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Kara Bennett Professor Helmers ENG 200 6/28/2020Writing About Poetry Many of the poems covered in this week’s poetry unit had many different approaches and attitudes. This made them very different from one another but the similarities the readers were able to detect in the readings were that each speaker had a voice they wanted heard. Dickenson wanted gender equality, Stevens wanted his voice heard that poetry was powerful, and Gluck wanted the readers to know how powerful women can be and how to appropriately use their power. These speakers used their voices, attitudes, and approaches to sway their audience. Emily Dickinson’s speaker in her poem They shut me up in prose spoke of freedom. Freedom as a woman in this time period this was written in, 1862, was unheard of. She wanted to convey this in the voice of a small girl and the struggles she faced as a little girl in this time.“As when a little GirlThey put me in the Closet —Because they liked me ‘still’ —,” (175).Dickenson is showing the struggles of a girl in the society she lives in. Her attitude or approach of this poem is her deep wants to do things a girl is not supposed to do. She wanted freedom and for her time, the audience must assume that was not the right mindset for a girl of her time. Dickinson’s speaker was well ahead of her time and would have been seen as a
progressive woman. Her entire poem is her frustration within her time about her freedoms or lack thereof. The closet she speaks of is meant to be imagery for the readers to know how girls were kept quiet and had no freedom.