An Analysis Of Emily Dickinson's I Measure Every Grief I Meet

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Have you experienced grief in your lifetime? Grief is a very personal thing and affects each person differently. Some people never fully recover from loss in their lives. In Emily Dickinson's poem, “ I Measure every Grief I Meet,” Dickinson uses repetition, allusion, and tone in order to explore other people’s grief in comparison to her own. In the poem, Dickinson uses repetition by saying, “ I wonder if,” in the first, second, third, and fourth stanzas. When she says “I wonder if,” they bore it for a long time, “she is wondering if people want to live, die, and if their grief is similar to hers, and that if people have had grief for a long time, and if the grief is getting old” (I measure np). Dickinson also repeats “ And,” in the third, sixth, and eighth stanza. When Dickinson says “And,’’ if they have to try, And whether, could they choose between”. It means to me, that if they would want to live or die, that if it hurts to live, or if they want to live. Also Dickinson repeats “Grief,” she says it over and over, so the reader knows that she is full of grief. Dickinson also repeats “ One,” so that the reader knows that death comes once. Also Dickinson repeats “Native” eyes, Native air. Dickinson says that in the seventh stanza. Dickinson says that so you can understand that she is in a town where Jesus died. Native means from another part that you have never been.…show more content…
Dickinson also places an allusion to place the extra atmosphere that she believes everyone has gone through a grief, and it helps the reader understand what is happening. Also the poem has tone. Every poem has tone, but in this poem the poet is happy then turns into sadness, and how she uses other people’s sorrow and grief to pleasure
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