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Emily Dickinson & William Butler Yeats

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Natalia Ree

on 13 May 2014

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Transcript of Emily Dickinson & William Butler Yeats

Innisfree= Heather Island
American poet
Amherst, Massachusetts
extremely introverted
physically reclusive though socially active
after her death sister Lavinia burns great deal of her work but also becomes obsessed with publishing the rest
1890 first publishing
1955 Poems of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
10.12.1830 – 15.5.1886
Emily Dickinson & William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats
13.6.1865 – 28.1.1939
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one's name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

Ana Lorger, Natalija Milovanović 4.c
prof. Maja Petričić Štritof
GimB 2014

short lines
no titles
slant (=half, imperfect, near) rhyme
unconventional capitalization and punctuation
puns, irony, satire
essentially modern
does not fit into any specific genre
Transcendetalist perhaps

religious and philosophical movement in 1820's and 1830's in the East of the US
--> a protest against the general state of and in particular the state of intellectualism at Harvard University and the doctrine of the church taught there
--> they believed in inherent goodness of both people and nature
--> paradox: personal identity=absence of social identity
--> engaging the reader
--> mutual lack of conventional identity as a basis for possible friendship
--> Somebodies attempt to make themselves seem important
--> admiring Bog = general masses into which one sinks
brief, untitled
disregarded syntax
individuality & nonconformity
studied poetry
fascinated by irish legends and the occult (later joins "The Ghost Club")
1890 - Rhymer's Club --> Fleet Street
1899 - Irish Literary Theater
1922 - Senator for the Irish Free State
1923 - Nobel prize
one of the 20th century's key English language poets
a Symbolist
allusive imagery
symbolic structures
master of traditional forms
spanned the transition from the 19. to 20th century-modernism in poetry
imaginary utopia
simple life in natural, not urban surroundings
perhaps emotional and spiritual escape
Innisfree as a simbol of writer's passed youth
beautiful dreams vs. grey reality
"...immitation of Thoreau on Innisfree"
did not belong to the period they lived in
traditional --> modern colleagues
modern --> traditional colleagues
did not feel comfortable in society, yet could not isolate themselves - expression through poetry
motif of nature
negative connotation
positive connotation
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