Influences In Emily Dickinson's Poetry

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Did you know only about a dozen out of over a thousand of Emily’s poems were published during her lifetime? Emily Dickinson also spent most of her adult life in her father’s house in her room upstairs writing poetry. One of Emily Dickinson’s many influences is that her window had a perfect view of the cemetery, and that could have influenced how she wrote her poems. In 7 years Emily created eight hundred self-written poems. Emily Dickinson deserves to be called a great (American) Poet because the amount of poems she wrote and how she challenged the existing definitions of poetry. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10th, 1830. Emily at a young age was often influenced in politics. Emily’s father believed in all children were entitled to a quality classic education. Every academic subject that Emily studied was within the context of the Christian religion. In the 1850s Emily Dickinson was at a pivotal and changing period in her life time becoming a woman with an uncertain role in life. She…show more content…
Back in the 19th century when Emily wrote her poems, there was a certain style considered to be proper and right. Except that Emily didn’t care and she wrote her own style of poetry and that is what makes her different from the rest. “…Dickinson created in her writing a distinctively elliptical language for expressing what was possible but not yet realized” (Brody, p.112). She also wrote her poems in a “…alternating four-beat/three-beat lines…” (Brody, p.116). This was the main structure of most of her poems that she wrote. This style how she wrote is another reason why Emily Dickinson should be called a Great American poet. In the late 1850’s Dickinson’s poems suggested that she blended the form of Watts and with the content of Shakespeare in her
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