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Emily Dickinson: Individual and Society
Transcript of Emily Dickinson: Individual and Society
Angry, passionate, & miserable
A hint of romanticism
Disappointment within society
Intensity of emotions
1.) Individualism: the principle or habit or belief in a independent thought or action.
2.) Society: a body of individuals living as members of a community
What does our Topic Mean?
Emily Dickinson Life
Born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830
Died on May 15, 1886 at the age of fifty-five.
An introvert, who did not venture outside of her home and garden.
Left a book of poems in no given order for whomever to find and possibly publish
Poems were personal
Great work does not need constant praise from "fans" or society
Jaunia Everett * Marleah Downes
Emily Dickinson: Individual & Society
Key events in Dickinson's life played a major role in her decision for these theme of individuality and society
Dickinson's isolation from society
Line 1: Her solitude from society
Lines 2 & 3: Connection
Lines 4: Being abnormal and not accepted within society
Lines 5 & 6: A burden to be "famous"
Lines 7 & 8: Frog="Famous" person; Bog=Fans;
Questioning, hopeful , excited, & concerned
A hint of romanticism
Hostile behavior within the society
A sense of comfort in a lonely group of people who content with who they are
Juxtaposition (How public like...)
Declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences
Lines 1 & 2: Madness is the most profound kind of sanity to a clear mind and heart
Lines 3 & 4: Its only called sanity because it is not defined by truth or falsehood but by what the majority believes to be correct
Lines 5 & 6: Society has a more significant power than an individual. If you agree then you are classified as sane
Lines 7 & 8: If you disagree your classified as "mad" (crazy) and sent away to a asylum
Poems 288 and 435 Parallels
Confinement and equality within the her and the society
No trust within society
A hint of transcendentalism
The choices of the soul
ab ab rhyme scheme
Line 1: Choose your life/experiences based on personal regards (reflection of her personal life)
Line 2: In own solitude; she committing herself to one thing only
Lines 3 & 4: Her questioning of God; Humans play at being the 'supreme and divine' being; natural wonder for an obscure matter
Lines 5 -8: Symbol that she claims he equality within the world but also asserts her difference from them
Does by this by using door, lower gate symbolizing she has equal and simple pleasures
Lines 5-8: Seclusion from the world leaves her unemotional with outside guest proclaiming their love for her (reflection of personal life; countless proposals)
Lines 9 & 10: "An ample nation" cannot evoke her to expand her circle of family and friends
External world is kept outside –( others national)
Line 11: The soul becomes afraid and turn to its own concerns and stops anything from entering
Heart Valves allows entry through one direction only
Line 12: Becomes cold
Separating the soul from the world
Ultimately feeling as a prisoners in own house
Lines 1 & 2: The soul has a healing process (fixing itself)
Soul is a personified as a woman
Lines 3& 4: Putting forth the idea of fear
Fair is emotion that doe frighten mind and soul (slow process)
Lines 5-10: describes characteristics of being afraid
Example: "...freezing hair"- hair standing up on the body
"...Goblin, from the very lips"- colorless pigment of the lips
Different view of the soul
The imprisonment of fear and worry of death
Happiness after death
Souls Preference on nature
noon = eternity
Soul connected to the earth
imprisoned by fear again
cannot escape the doubts
Soul renters fear and doubt
Sad, happy, fearful
The stages of a tough and vigor affection on the mind, body, and soul
in a society
Example: "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" and "...demur-you're straightway dangerous-"
- the society will try to justify what they believe is
based on the views of the
Examples: "Don't tell! they'd banish us" and "And handles with a Chain-"
Poem 303 & 512 Parallel
God & Heaven
in your house or soul