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Bhagyashree Tamrakar Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson Eng 190 Outline Brief introduction on the writer Use of contrasting punctuation The major themes and style in her poems
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Bhagyashree Tamrakar Emily Dickinson Analysis of “Hope is the thing with feathers” Emily Dickinson Almost unknown as a poet in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson is now recognized as one of America's greatest poets and, in the view of some, as one of the greatest lyric poets of all time. Emily Dickinson is a passionate poet. Though she lived in seclusion, she lived a passionate life. Within the confines of the family home, the garden, and her circle of family and friends, she felt with her whole heart, thought with intensity, and imagined with ardor, and she shared herself in her poetry and in her letters. Her intensity is reflected in the dramatic quality of both her poetry and her life. Her seclusion may have contributed to the obscurity of her poetry. One danger of living alone, in one's own consciousness, is that the individual may begin to create private meanings for words and private symbols, which others do not necessarily have the key to. So language used in most of her poetry, baffles the readers instead of communicating with them.
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Bhagyashree Tamrakar Emily Dickinson One major style or contrasting feature of her poems were her use of punctuation with dashes, rather than the more expected and commonly used array of periods, commas, and other punctuation marks. She also capitalized interior words, not just words at the beginning of a line but the words in between the line. Her reasons for using these contrasting punctuations are not entirely clear. Both the use of dashes and the use of capitals to stress and personify common nouns were condoned by the grammar text (William Harvey Wells' Grammar of the English Language ) that Mount Holyoke Female Seminary adopted in 1826 and that Dickinson undoubtedly studied to prepare herself for entrance to that school. In addition, the dash was
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Emily Dickinson - Bhagyashree Tamrakar Emily Dickinson...

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