Emily Dickinson In Her Poetry

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Emily Dickinson was an American poet born in the 19th century. Her poetry is famous for it’s dark theme where she often explores topics like death, the loss of one’s sanity and God, nevertheless, her poems were not limited to those topics, she often used irony, puns and satire as well, she also uses nature and metaphysical aspects in her writings. Emily Dickinson used hymn meter and a common meter in her poems, she is famous for the use of dashes as well. Dickinson’s poems were published posthumously, the first volume was in 1890 and the second volume was in 1955. She passed away due to an illness in 1886, however, some claim she had died due to hypertension. Emily Dickinson is a very significant poet to American literature, she and Walt Whitman are the most important poets of the 19th century in America (Alfred Habegger, 2016, Emily Dickinson: American Poet.). Emily Dickinson’s poetry is a reflection of her thoughts based on life experiences and relationships. "Perhaps as a poet could find the fulfillment she had missed as a woman.” ( George Whicher, 1952, This Was a Poet: A Critical Biography of Emily Dickinson.) This paper will discuss how Emily Dickinson found fulfillment as a woman through her poetry.
Emily Dickinson spent her life among her family, she had lived in her family home most of her life. Dickinson had graduated from Amherst academy in 1847 and later attended a female seminary for one year. She was never married and is believed to never have had any romantic
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