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Emily Dickinson

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Mary McDunn

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Emily Dickinson Overview * Born December 10th, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts
* Deceased May 15th, 1886
* Parents: Edward, lawyer and politician, and Emily Norcross Dickinson
* Middle sibling of elder brother Austin and younger sister Lavinia The Civil War Her Youth * Emily attended Amherst Academy with her siblings for seven years
* Moved to Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one year
* Was deemed "without hope" by the nuns * Began with the Election of 1860 where the secession of the Southern States began
* Officially began on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter
* Deadliest American war with casualties tolling at around 620,000
* Ended with Robert E Lee surrendering to Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9th, 1865. The Writing Period * Most poems wrote from 1855-1865
* Wrote around 1100 poems
* Around 800 were written in fascicles
* Was very private with her poetry, only a select few viewed her poems
* Susan Gilbert received around 250 poems
* Samuel Bowles edited her poetry "Hope is the thing with feathers" "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. Analysis A Book There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul! Analysis Rhyme Scheme A something in a summer's Day a
As slow her flambeaux burn away a
Which solemnizes me. b

A something in a summer's noon— c
A depth—an Azure—a perfume— c
Transcending ecstasy. b

And still within a summer's night d
A something so transporting bright d
I clap my hands to see— b

Then veil my too inspecting face e
Lets such a subtle—shimmering grace e
Flutter too far for me— b Rhyme Scheme "A Something in a Summer's Day" Tell all the truth but tell it slant, a
Success in circuit lies, b
Too bright for our infirm delight a
The truth's superb surprise; b

As lightning to the children eased c
With explanation kind, d
The truth must dazzle gradually c
Or every man be blind. d "Tell All the Truth" "Success is Counted Sweetest" Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated--dying--
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear! Analysis Analysis References * banana5764. (2009, November 24). Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's "I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died". Retrieved from youtube.com: * CivilWarPhotos.net. (1997-2013). Casualties. Retrieved from http://www.civilwarphotos.net/files/usos.htm
* Emily Dickinson Museum. (2009). Emily Dickinson: Her Childhood and Youth (1830-1855). Retrieved from http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/childhood_youth
* Emily Dickinson Museum. (2009). Emily Dickinson: The Later Years (1865-1886). Retrieved from http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/later_years
* Emily Dickinson Museum. (2009). Emily Dickinson: The Writing Years (1855-1865). Retrieved from http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/writing_years
* PoemHunter.com. (2013, February 12). Biography of Emily Dickinson. Retrieved from http://www.poemhunter.com/emily-dickinson/biography/
* PoemHunter.com. (2013, February 12). Poems of Emily Dickinson. Retrieved from http://www.poemhunter.com/emily-dickinson/poems/
* Poetry Foundation. (2013). Emily Dickinson. Retrieved from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/emily-dickinson
* The Columbia Encyclopedia. (1993). Causes of the Civil War. Retrieved from http://www.us-civilwar.com/cause.htm The Later Years * found a late life romance in Otis Phillips Lords
* became surrounded by death with first her father in 1874, then her mother in 1882, her nephew in 1883, Lords in 1884, her friend in 1885, then herself the following years
* Her brother's mistress would become co-editor and chief of the first publications of her poetry * Uses an extravagant bird metaphor to portray hope
* "I've heard it in the chillest land--/And on the strangest Sea" hope extends to all parts of the world
* Hope lies within each and every person at all times (lines 2-4)
* Masculine, slant, end rhyme with a scheme of abab * A book can allow a person to explore the world without leaving your home
* The same experience can be found through a book as actually traveling
* A book presents no risks, unlike going some place
* Alternates rhyme lines and unrhymed lines to keep the rhythm and cadence * People who rarely succeed appreciate success much more
* Using "nectar" presents a luxury meaning those with luxuries don't appreciate them, a person has to need it
* Those who do not have actually understand the value of having * Presents the feelings after a battle in the Civil War
* The victorious party understands little of what the victory truly means
* Winning the battle causes the victorious to become ignorant of all that was lost and the true meaning of the victory
* Masculine rhyme scheme of abcb helps express the message that too many take for granted what lies in front of them
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