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One Need Not Be a Chamber to Be Haunted

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Michelle Pacheco

on 11 April 2014

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Transcript of One Need Not Be a Chamber to Be Haunted

Dickinson exaggerates throughout the poem to emphasize how cruel and scary our minds really are. We don't realize how scary it is because we are blinded by external fears such as the ones she explains in the poem.
Hyperbole
Imagery
The real ghosts haunt us internally (fears, lost dreams, bad memories). These internal ghosts are far scarier than the imaginary fears expressed in society.
Dickinson wrote about frightening objects that we all have seen and therefore it was easy for the reader to imagine them. ex. haunted house, ghost, Abbey, assassin, revolver.
Ourself, behind ourself concealed,
Should startle most;
Assassin
, hid in our apartment,
Be horror’s least.
One Need Not Be a Chamber to Be Haunted
Far safer through an
Abbey gallop
,
The stones
achase
,
Than, moonless, one’s
own self encounter

In lonesome place.

The prudent
carries a revolver
,
He bolts the door
,
O’erlooking a superior spectre
More near.
Dickinson compares one's brain to a haunted house indirectly by stating one does not need to be a house to be haunted and then stating the brain is just as haunted as any house.
Symbolism
Michelle, Trisha, & Lucero
by Emily Dickinson
ONE need
not
be a
chamber
to be haunted,
One need
not
be a
house
;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

Literary Terms
Dickinson uses imagery to stress the idea of our internal selves can take over ourselves.
Deeper Meaning
Why horror and death?
Fascination for illness, death, and horror
Religious readiness for death
Lived near a cemetery
Lost many close friends
Death was not a stranger
She suffered from nervous prostration which is the extreme mental and physical fatigue caused by excessive emotional stress
December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886
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