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Emily Dickinson Readings in American Life Christian Yimgnia Emily Dickinson was an American poet of the 1800s who wrote a multitude of poems in her time. Her poems were very interesting and had so many different meanings and themes. However, the author still had some common themes and symbols in all those poems. The first major theme that I found in many of her poems was death. It was amazing how she didn’t necessarily have the same understanding of death in different poems, however death is sometimes gentle, menacing, and inevitable. The author believes in this eternal life and portrayed death as the beginning of a new life. She uses so many different images and describes many scenarios of what death is and what happens when one dies. In my opinion, grief was also omnipresent in Dickinson’s writing. She tends to trust people with grief more because it is the only emotion that she knows must be true. Grief does not
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Unformatted text preview: only bring her close to other people because she could trust them, but also because there is a bond between them and knowing that they would be grieving together. In some of her poems, only grief made her feel part of the community. Another positive side of grief to Dickinson was that it made her stronger. To her happiness was more intoxicating, and made her lose her great perceptive abilities. However, grief gave her more perception and enabled her to write poetry. I also sensed some freedom message in her poetry. Society tries to limit the speaker to the acceptable female roles, and tries to stop her to express herself. But these limitations inspire her further and give her fuel to write. So she believed in self freedom and self success....
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2012 for the course LIT 100 taught by Professor Cooper during the Spring '11 term at University of Minnesota Duluth.

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