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Transcript of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was born December 10th, 1830 in Amherst Massachusetts . From 1840-1847 she was educated at Amherst Academy and later went to Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1847-1848. Dickinson never left Amherst and little is known about her personal life. Around 1862 she became a recluse and 4 years later she died. The majority of her poems were found after she died by her sister Lavinia.
Dickinson's poetry is some of the most popular that has ever been written. Her odd writing style as well as her surreal ideas were intriguing to those who had never seen anything like it. She has written a very large amount of poems that people still read today.
She never married, some people debate about her sexuality...
"Hope" is the Thing with feathers...
"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
Characteristics Of Dickinson's Poetry...
Emily Dickinson often wrote about what was around her in the environment and what inspired her, which is weird because she never left her house. She was very observant and used different images from nature, music, law etc to help readers decipher the meanings of her poems.
Overall themes: Wonders of nature, identifying the self, death, immortality, and love.
Normally, people define Dickinson's poems as lyrics and short poems. They usually have single speakers who is not necessarily the poet and they're expressing particular thoughts or feelings. An unusual characteristic of her writing style was her ability to describe abstract concepts with concrete images. In other words, she used hidden messages to get her point across but she did it by explaining different images.
Dickinson's poems were "common meter" poems. Common meter is often used in music such as Amazing Grace, and has alternating lines of eight and six syllables. The syllables in the poems usually alternate between stressed and unstressed words known as an "iamb".
Dickinson mostly punctuated her poems with dashes, instead of periods, commas, and other punctuation marks. She also capitalized interior words, not just words at the beginning of a line. Her reasons are not entirely clear. The use of dashes and capitalization were to personify and focus on common nouns.
Theme & Tone...
Dickinson's process of editing usually focused more on word choice rather than a certain form or structure. Also, because most of her poems weren't discovered until after she died and they were unedited. So the poems read today were edited by many different people so historians don't necessarily know her editing style.
In Amherst college she was engaged to Rev. George Gould but her wealthy father cut it off because was a poor student.
Later on Emily and Rev. George had an affair while he was married to another women in Philadelphia.
Twelve years before she died she went to Boston to visit her eye doctor, he forbade her to read and write anymore.
This was Emily Dickinson's house which is where she spent most of her time and where she died. It is said that she didn't even leave her room to attend her dad's funeral; it was downstairs in the house.Its now a museum that people may visit in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Emily is referred to as "Moth of Amherst" because of her perchant for white dresses and her reclusive personality.
After visiting her eye doctor for her condition she never again left Amherst and began writing poems alone in her room.
She attended a female seminary but left after a year because of homesickness, poor health, and refusal to sign a public confession of her faith in Christ.
Emily's room window faced towards a local cemetery in Amherst, as a young girl she experienced burials on a daily basis.
Read by: Alyssa Ablan
Dickinson loved nature, she was an avid gardener, passionately wrote about various flowers.
There is only one authentic (real) photo pf Emily Dickinson in existence.
A lot of her poems don't have titles, shes titled fewer than 10 poems out of 1800.
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That's All Folks...
Here's some artwork of Emily Dickinson...