Emily Dickenson - Why would anybody want to read and...

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Why would anybody want to read and re-read literature that talks about loneliness and sadness, with minimal emphasis on any lingering hope? Wouldn’t that be just depressing, and emotionally draining? Well, the formula seems to have worked for Emily Dickinson, one of the most famous poets of all time. In fact, several of her most famous poems deal with rather bizarre death fantasies. (American Experimental Poetry and Democratic Thought) But, while many of Emily Dickinson’s well known poems deal with death and loneliness, the power and moving sensations they bring exist because of her ability to reveal to a reader the beauty and happiness in life, and death, through her keen intuitions as to the nature of human contentment, her cleverly presented images and her musically crafted language. A prime example of a poem that by all accounts should be overwhelmingly dreary is Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”. In the poem, which has been analyzed numerous times, Dickinson welcomes death as a suitor, and peacefully, unhurriedly, rides along in a carriage with him to her grave after passing by beautiful representations of the different
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH ENC1105 taught by Professor Johnsmith during the Spring '11 term at Harrison College.

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