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Sea Represents wild, threatening aspects of nature Insects Symbolize the irrepressible vitality of nature Symbols Windows Represent eyes or vantage points Birds Embody beauty, delicacy, and vulnerability Light Stands for knowledge and understanding Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in Possibility—” dwell in Possibility—A fairer House than Prose— Sources: Emily Dickinson Museum, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Poetry Foundation Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Widely recognized as one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century, Dickinson rarely left her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts. Reclusive in later years, she wrote nearly 1,800 poems that were startling in their originality, most of which were published after her death. EMILY DICKINSON1830–86 Author Poems of Emily Dickinsonby the Numbers Poems discovered after Dickinson's death in hand-bound books called “fascicles” Poems by Dickinson published during her lifetime Flowers and plants pressed and labeled in Dickinson's herbarium, a book for collecting dried flowers Year A Quiet Passion, a film about Dickinson’s life, was released 2016 833 10 424 Calvinism in Dickinson’s Poetry Self-Examination Dickinson used the Calvinist faith’s practice of searching for sin to ask herself deep questions. Common Meter Dickinson used the structure of the Calvinist church’s hymns as models for her poems. Simplicity Like the unadorned churches of her Calvinist faith, Dickinson avoided excess in her self-expression. Dickinson was curious about the world. Her sharp observational skills and independent mind led her to write with depth and honesty about subjects that mattered most to her: nature, domestic life, love, death, and immortality. As she explored these subjects from different angles, they became major themes and symbols in her poems. A Keen Observer of Nature & People THEMES Nature The natural world is full of beauty as well as cruelty. Death Neither romantic nor emotional, death is common, and its effects are chilly, isolating, and final. Poetry Dickinson believed poetry, more than fiction, allowed for the most imaginative works. English Original Language 1858–73 Years Published Emily Dickinson Author Poems of Emily Dickinson Nature Poetry

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