Emily Dickinson Elizabeth Huska

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was an American poet, who created almost eighteen hundred poems. She was regarded as one of America’s greatest poets. She was also well known for her unusual life of were she imposed social seclusion on herself, and only showed her work to her family and close friends. Her life work became visible to the public’s eye after her death in 1886. But she was ultimately remembered by her unique poetry, within short, phrases she expressed far-reaching idea’s.

Born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily left school as a teenager, which began her living a reclusive life on the family homestead. There, she created bundles of poetry and wrote hundreds of letters, that she did secretly. Without the discovery by her sister Lavinia Dickinson’s work, and wouldn’t have gotten the recognition she has today.

Dickinson began writing as a teenager. Her major influences were Leonard Humphrey, which was the principal of the school she attended to at the time. And also a family friend named Benjamin Franklin Newton, He gave her a book of poetry by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In her spare time, Dickinson studied botany and produced a vast herbarium. There were also rumors that one of her friendships turned into a romance, with Judge Otis Phillips Lord before he passed away in 1884.

Dickinson died of kidney disease in her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1886, at the age of 55. She was laid to rest in her family plot at West Cemetery.

Little of Dickinson's work was published at the time of her death, and the few works that were published had to be edited and altered to adhere to conventional standards at the time. After her sister's death, Lavinia discovered hundreds of poems that Emily had created over the years. The first volume of these works was published in 1890.

Poem Analysis

-Has an ABCB rhyme in the first stanza

-Has an ABAB rhyme style in the second stanza

-Has an ABBB rhyme style in the third stanza

-Has the form of an iambic Trimeter that often expands to include a fourth stress at the end of a line.

-It has long dashes that indicate a pause

The author describes hope as a bird (“the thing with feathers”).The song of hope sounds sweetest “in the Gale,” and it would require a terrifying storm to ever “abash the little Bird / That kept so many warm.” The author says that she has heard the bird of hope “in the chilliest land— / And on the strangest Sea—”, but never, no matter how extreme the conditions, did it ever ask for a single crumb from her.

Emily Dickinson’s poems are lyrics, generally defined as short poems with a single speaker (not necessarily the poet) who expresses thought and feeling. In most of her poems is often identified in the first person, "I." Dickinson reminded a reader that the “I” in her poetry does not necessarily speak for the poet herself.

This was the first real poem I wrote this year in English. As my first poem I think its all right, but nothing special. I tried to use imagery but it did not plan out the way I wanted. For my first poem I thin this is ok, but I think it needs a lot more improvement because I do not think it flows very well.

This was my favourite and most recent poem I have written and It is my favourite. In this poem I tried using Imagery again and it worked better than the poem I wrote earlier. I like this poem a lot and I found it really easy to write. if I were to add any more improvements I would ask for a friend to see what changes they think I should make.

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