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Transcript of Emily Dickinson
By: Mikaela Hickey
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Born/GrewUp: Amherst, Mass. - Dec. 10, 1830
Very friendly and Social when young
Middle Child (One sister/ One brother)
Very smart, and loved literature
Loved gardening - father made conservatory for year round planting
Died (56) May 15, 1886 - Bright's Disease
Only 7 poems published while she was alive
Changed majorly by editors
After her death her sister found poems written on small slips of paper sewn together
Her sister sent poems to get published
Spent 7 years at Amherst Academy from 1840-1847
Attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for a year (Now Called Mount Holyoke College)
Education was influenced by puritan religious beliefs
Did not accept the teachings of the church
Remained agnostic throughout her life
Attended 4 years of Primary School
First copied poems she found in books
Wrote over 1800 Poems
Most poems were about death and loneliness
Started to withdraw from everything in 1862
Wrote over 300 poems in 1862
Experienced many deaths of close friends and family
Father died unexpectedly from a stroke
Never left her fathers land after his death
Only wore white clothes
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.
Why do you think she is using a bird to represent hope?
Dickinson is describing the death of her own mind
The mourners are the thoughts "pacing" in her mind
Then the ceremony begins and the beating is resembling the thoughts destroying what is left of her sanity
The pallbearers come to take the coffin, Dickinson tries to hold on to what is left of her mind
In the next stanza, her mind is about to be buried, and she has lost her mind.
The last stanza tells about the burial of her mind - the coffin (understanding, knowing, thinking) breaks
She hits a world at every plunge (levels of sanity) from reasoning, to unreasoning, to insanity.
How is this poem different from the rest of her poems?
Hope is within a persons soul and they can choose if they want to have it or not.
You need hope most in the worst times
You can either let the bad times bring you down or have hope
In the last line it shows the poem is about her
What do you think the poem is telling us?
What do you think is the significance of the title?
Why do you think she uses so many dashes in her writing?
"I Felt a Funeral in My Brain"
By: Emily Dickinson
Why did she end with
" - then - " ?
Legit fan clubs (Emily Dickinson International Society and the "Wild Nights--Wild Nights")
Her bedroom faced a cemetery - exposed to burials on a regular basis
Known as "Moth of Amherst"
Known for wearing white dresses