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There's a Certain Slant of Light

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Shannon Olson

on 9 June 2013

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Transcript of There's a Certain Slant of Light

There's a Certain
Slant of Light By Jenna Ainsworth, Ruby Carpenter,
Helen Feest, and Shannon Olson Sound, Form/Structure Dickinson uses light as an
allegory to time and death. This Poem was not written simply to glorify nature and light. Death or aging cannot be controlled or avoided, because it is sent from above. Aging affects us more on the inside than the outside. Structure and Impact Sound Devices Capitalization and Punctuation Rhyme and Meter Poetic Devices Tone Meaning Meaning Allusion: Cathedral Tunes
Simile: Oppresses like the heft
Personification: Landscape Listens,
Shadows hold their breath The subject of the poem is winter light. The tone is positive and reflecting
towards a sad thing (change or death). The rhyme scheme is ABCB, where A and C are usually slant rhymes. Alliteration, assonance, and consonance are the sound devices used in this poem. Dickinson uses capitalization to emphasize meanings and words. The poem has four stanzas with a rhyme scheme of ABCB. The light is oppressing, rather than glorifying. None may teach or control it. We find no scar, only internal difference. Emily Dickinson The light gives us Heavenly Hurt. Imperial affliction is sent from the Air. Poetic devices help to grasp the poem's meaning by giving the words a good mental image. This poem compares light to time and change, in a heavy but still uplifting way. The meter alternates between tetrameter and trimeter. The use of sound devices makes the lines flow, emphasizes key words, and adds to the reflective tone of the poem. The overall affect of these devices is blending the words to the meaning in a pensive way. Dickinson uses many hyphens for pauses to reflect on meaning or to connect lines. The meaning of the poem is portrayed better when Dickinson's choice of structure, capitalization, and punctuation is used in unconventional ways. The Slant of Light is a symbol of change over time. The most important images in the poem are the oppressing light, the heft of Cathedral tunes, and the look of death.
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