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As Imperceptibly as Grief

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Transcript of As Imperceptibly as Grief

As Imperceptibly as Grief
"As Imperceptibly as Grief"
Type of Poem

Literal terms: the setting is in the season of summer and its transition to another season
Symbolic terms: the setting is inside of the speaker's mind as well as time
Thematic terms: the setting is based on the grief of the transition of sentiments along with the nostalgia of the detachment of old sentiments as well as the speakers thoughts of the departure of emotions and their comparison to the departure of one season to allude to the departure of an emotion to bring another.
Consistent or Varied, Connection to the Meaning
Speaker &
Qualities from the Poem
Occasion & Setting
The poem is consistent because it flows smoothly and portrays the theme all throughout the poem through the mind of the reader and their outlook on emotions.
Transition of emotions between the seasons is shown throughout the whole poem.
The poem has four stanzas like the stages of summer to compare to the speaker's emotions and the stages of emotions
Structure, diction,
and euphony
Uses blank verse because there is no rhyme scheme and mostly expresses reflection towards their thoughts about their emotions
The speaker uses formal diction throughout poem to express perspective towards the cycle of emotions and how they must eventually go, like the seasons. Their word choice creates a somber atmosphere with a melancholic attitude, making the poem seem nostalgic of the emotions that the speaker describes.
Ex: "As
imperceptibly
as grief" Imperceptibly means subtle or gradual which can allude to the departure of emotions that they compare to summer and its departure to becoming another season.
Ex: "A courteous, yet
harrowing
grace" Harrowing means acutely distressed which alludes to the departure of emotions and how they anticipates for them to leave, like a guest who has outstayed their welcome. The same can be said about their emotions and how they believe they have outstayed their welcome in their mind. However, the poem is shown that the speaker feels distressed in some way by having their old emotions leave so that can also show that the speaker finds their emotions leaving to be something distressing. Like they were only a guest in her mind and are now leaving.
The poem is a euphony because it expresses the attachment of sentiments but shows it in a way that is calm and gentle towards the reader. It is not shown to be rash and full of emotion or questioning, but more pondering on the thought of emotions and comparing them to something that many can relate to, like the coming and going of seasons.

Figurative Language

"As imperceptibly as grief" Simile
"Nature, spending with herself" Personification
"sequestered afternoon" Personification
"a courteous, yet harrowing grace" Person., Symbol
"as guests who would be gone" Simile, Symbol
"or summer made her light escape" Person., Symbol



The figurative language included in this poem aids the overall personification of summer and the creation of a delicate, short lived essence paired with something graceful. It allows readers to get the message that some beauties, though recurrent, cannot be taken for granted. Such soul-enriching occurrences deserve to be acknowledged/glorified for they are not factors that last
for
us.
We may praise them and desire them, but never
tangibly preserve it.
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

The dusk drew earlier in,
The morning foreign shone,—
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,
As guest who would be gone.
And thus, without a wing,
Or service of a keel,
Our summer made her light escape
Into the beautiful.
Tone
Opinion
First Stanza
:
mournful; misses the time summer was here, summer is disappearing
Second Stanza
:
nostalgic/lonely; nature's quietness/stillness
Twilight: a period/state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline.
Sequestered: isolated/hidden away

As imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away,—
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.

A quietness distilled,
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
Sequestered afternoon.

The dusk drew earlier in,
The morning foreign shone,—
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,
As guest who would be gone.

And thus, without a wing,
Or service of a keel,
Our summer made her light escape
Into the beautiful.

Perfidy: deceitfulness;/ untrustworthiness.
The poem is an blank verse because their is no rhyme scheme, but has a common meter of alternating lines with the first and third in a stanza being 8 syllables, and the second and fourth having 6 syllables.
Fits style by comparing the departure of emotions to the departure of summer
Creates a melancholic feel to the poem while explaining the comparison that the speaker feels from the departure of summer as well as the coming of a new season which can be taken as the departure of emotions and the coming of new emotions.
The tones lead to the speaker's realization
that summer and emotions must leave.
In the beginning, the speaker feels a
longing towards summer, then feels
sad and lonely that summer is no longer here.
At the end, the speaker understands that
summer must leave in order to come back.
Just like seasons, our emotions have cycles.
Tone cont...
Third Stanza
:
melancholy/gloomy; departure of
summer (days are shorter). Knows that summer is temporary.
Fourth Stanza
:
Resigned; acceptance. Summer will go.
Only one speaker
Personality of the speaker is somber yet mature. However, the information about the speaker is unclear.
Speaker never clearly states which gender or race they are. This can lead the reader to believe the speaker dedicated the poem to diversity and equality for all who read it.
A quietness distilled,
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
Sequestered afternoon.

As imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away,—
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.
Theme Statement
The transition of seasons as well as emotions allude to the melancholic cycle of the speaker from the attachment and departure of old sentiments and how ultimately, all things must come to an end.
Emily Dickinson did a good job in her ability to communicate her idea of sentiments and compare them to the loss and beauty of summer and the transition of a new season and emotions
Used devices like allusion, imagery, symbolism, similie & personification to convey her perspective towards the cycle of emotions and to personify summer in order to allude to her own emotions and her thoughts about them.
(situation faced)
Emily Dickinson

Was born on December, 10, 1830 in Amherst Massachusetts
Seldom left her house and rarely had an visitors but when she did, they impacted her a lot especially in her writing
Had one brother and one sister whom she recognized as not only family, but also intellectual companions
Her poetry was heavily influenced by metaphysical poets in the eighteenth century
During her life, Emily Dickinson was not recognized for her work until after her death in 1886
Emily Dickinson, throughout
her many poems, exemplifies the idea of
expressing thoughts on environments and ideas
thought otherwise to be of ineffable detail. She
perceived the world around her but remained an
observer, often times addressing how ephemeral events
in life come to be. She wrote on what intrigued her to levels high enough to heighten an experience that would have otherwise been a passive occurrence. Such ideology can be found within the following poem.
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