Themes Of Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson is a poetic mastermind who has written many mind twisting poems with great complexity and thought. She was also an advocate for women’s equality as seen in almost every poem in some subtle way. Emily Dickinson tends to include in her poetry the themes of women’s equality, social withdrawal, and individualism; a few poems that reflect her traditional themes are “They Shut Me Up In Prose” and “Much Madness is Divinest Sense”.
In the nearly 1,800 poems written by Emily Dickinson, she would give the reader specific and well thought out clues hinting at women’s equality. She usually did so by referring to society as “they” and then following with what society expects of a women. Such social constructs, however, are not followed by Emily, and that is her way of rebelling. In the poem “They shut me up in Prose,” Dickinson says “They put me in the Closet—/ Because they likes me “still”—“(Dickinson,3-4). This quote is aimed directly toward society when she used “They” and is talking about how she has been pushed away and frowned upon for not conforming to the traditional womanly tasks. but Emily continued to stand out and be an idol for many women who were afraid to stand for themselves. Dickinson hides another clever hint in this same poem when she said “They might as wise have lodged a Bird/ For Treason--in the Pound (Dickinson,7-8).” Now at first glance she seemed to have just been talking nonsense but when breaking down the quote it began to make more sense. She
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