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Class Notes - Module #2 - Important 19th Century Forerunners

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Print Save to File Printable View of: Module #2 - Important 19th Century Forerunners File: Class Notes on Emily Dickinson File: Class Notes on Walt Whitman Emily Dickinson Biography Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a reclusive New England poet who was educated at Amherst Academy and spent one year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Though never married, the poet had several male friends over the years whom she viewed as mentors. She lived in seclusion in her parents' home for the last twenty-five years of her life, seeing only intimate friends. She wrote some 1000 lyrics about the moments of her life. She looked at the paradoxes of life and nature and captured significant feelings and observations with wit, simple meters, and an intricate sense of irregular rhymes. Though only six poems were published during her lifetime, Emily Dickinson has become one of the most significant American poets. Dickinson's Poetry In her poetry, Emily Dickinson, like Whitman, was individualistic and rebelled against the conventional poetic rules. Also like Whitman, Dickinson saw the everyday world as symbolic of the spiritual world, but her view of the world was not expansive and inclusive but, rather, Calvinistic, reclusive, and questioning. Dickinson's early poetic style derived from the hymns she knew. Often writing four line stanzas, she relied on
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course ENG 332 taught by Professor Null during the Spring '12 term at GWU.

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Class Notes - Module #2 - Important 19th Century Forerunners

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