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Elements of Poetry

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Lauren MacWithey

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Elements of Poetry
Emily Dickinson's Style
"If I read a book and it makes my body
so cold no fire can ever warm me,
I know that it is poetry.
If I feel physically as if the top if my
head were taken off,
I know that it is poetry.
These are the only ways I know it.
Is there any other way?"
-- Emily Dickinson

& an Intro to Emily Dickinson
What is poetry?
A Poets Meanings
Biography
Her Writing Years
Final Years
Early Years and Family Life
Closing Statement
I’ll tell you how the Sun rose –
A Ribbon at a time –
The steeples swam in Amethyst
The news, like Squirrels, ran –
The Hills untied their Bonnets –
The Bobolinks – begun –
Then I said softly to myself –
“That must have been the Sun”!
But how he set – I know not –
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while –
Till when they reached the other side –
A Dominie in Gray –
Put gently up the evening Bars –
And led the flock away –
(Fr204)
Major Characteristics
Theme and Tone
Form and Style
Meter and Rhyme
Punctuation and Syntax
Diction
Historical Context
Civil War
The Lincoln assassination
Reconstruction
Her world was bounded by her home and its surrounding countryside; the great events of her day play little role in her poetry.
Social and historical ideas and values contributed in shaping her character, but Emily Dickinson’s writings dealt all with her own feelings within her own mind.
Irony
Connotative vs. Denotative
Diction
Syntax
Figurative Language vs Literal Language
Abstractions
Apostrophe
Simile and Metaphor
Imagery
Symbol
Personification
Modern Day Use of Imagery
Emily Dickinson,
Grotesque?
Simile vs. Metaphor
Example of a Simile:
I am scattered like
the hot shriveled seeds.
-H.D., from "Mid-day"
Example of a Metaphor:
My Rosalind, my Rosalind,
My frolic falcon, with bright eyes.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from "Rosalind"
Completely immersed in her own consciousness
Her writings reflected her own thoughts/feelings about life

Other Famous Recluses
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