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Emily Dickinson: Individual and Society

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Transcript of Emily Dickinson: Individual and Society

Tone
Authoritative
Objective
Angry, passionate, & miserable
Theme
A hint of romanticism
Individualism
Dark Romanticism
Unjust morals
Disappointment within society
Judgemental society
Intensity of emotions
Literary Techniques
Metaphor
Anaphora
Symbolism
Allegory
Ethos
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?
Poem 288
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
Society's views
Analysis
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;
Tone
Questioning, hopeful , excited, & concerned
Theme
A hint of romanticism
Individualism
Hostile behavior within the society
Dark Romanticism
Anger
Unjust morals
A sense of comfort in a lonely group of people who content with who they are
Literary Techniques
Juxtaposition (How public like...)
Anaphora
Simile
Metaphor
Personification
Declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences
Poem 435
Analysis
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
Poem 435
Poems 288 and 435 Parallels
Poem 303
Poem 303
Tone
Content
Bitter
Theme
Confinement and equality within the her and the society
Dark Romanticism
Solitude
No trust within society
A hint of transcendentalism
The choices of the soul
Literary Techniques
Metaphor
Personification
Simile
Anaphora ('unmoved')
Iambic trimeter
Tetra meter
ab ab rhyme scheme

Analysis
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

Poem 512
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
Lines 11-14:
Different view of the soul
The imprisonment of fear and worry of death
Happiness after death
Lines 15-18:
Souls Preference on nature
noon = eternity
Soul connected to the earth
Lines 19-22
imprisoned by fear again
cant sing
cannot escape the doubts
Lines 23-24
Soul renters fear and doubt
Noisy fears
Poem 512
Tone
Sad, happy, fearful
Theme
The stages of a tough and vigor affection on the mind, body, and soul
Literary Techniques
Metaphor
Personification
Symbolism
Simile
Anaphora
Imperfect rhyme
Perfect rhyme
Iambic trimeter


Being an
individual
in a society
Example: "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" and "...demur-you're straightway dangerous-"
Inverse world
- the society will try to justify what they believe is
true
or
false
based on the views of the
majority
Examples: "Don't tell! they'd banish us" and "And handles with a Chain-"
Poem 303 & 512 Parallel
Love
Fear
Soul
God & Heaven

=
eternal life
Life
Imprisoned
in your house or soul
World Welcoming
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