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Emily Dickinson

Luck is not chance

Taylor Moyer

on 23 May 2011

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Emily Dickinson Luck is not chance Taylor Moyer Presents This poem is the meaning of hard work. It's not about chanceing anything. Realize something good happend becuase you worked for it, not beacuse luck brought you chance. "Luck is not a chance, It's Toil-" is explainging that even though you may think luck is not a chance. You have to work for it through your own blood, sweat , and tears. That phrase demonstrates dicton because Emily chose to use the word toil rather then fully come out and say blood sweat and tears which makes the poem more relaxed as well as better flowing during the reading. Figurative Language "The Father of the Mine is that old fashioned coin", I believe that this means that the father or creator of her luck was small. It was as small as a coin. Somthing that small which she put a lot of effort into a great feeling of reward and accomplishment. This line proves figurative language because it's using a metaphor or a figure of speach to show that the luck "...was as small as a coin." This poem is short, it presents a speaker who is expressing their thoughts and feelings. In this case the speaker is telling the reader the meaning of hard work. is a kind of personification, this gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics. Referring back to the example of figurative language where the pharse was "The Father of the Mine Is that old-fashioned Coin", this presents that the speaker is giving the creator their luck which is representing the coin or the small object. I personally agree with the meaning of this poem because, luck doesn't happen too often. If something good is happening then the reason for it is because the individual worked hard for it, especially if its frequently. Moreover I enjoyed the poem as well, I like the meaning of it because I can relate it to my own life and view others lives with it. Emily Dickinson was born in the year 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but left early after one year because of severe homesickness. Throughout her life she hardley left her house and vistors were scarce. However people that she did come in contact with, made an enormous impact on her thoughts of poetry. She was particulary stirred by Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she met on a trip to Phil. He left her home in 1860, and some critics believe his depart gave rise to her flow of verse. Also in that year, she lived in almost total isolation from the outside world however maintained many correspondences and read widely. She spent a lot of time with her family. Her father was involved in the state and national politics, serving in congress for one term. Her brother Austin was an attourney, but lived next door after he mairried. Dickinson's younger sister Lavinia also lived at home her intire life in similar isolation. Her borther and sister were intellectual compansions during her life. Her poetry reflects her loneliness and the speakers of her poems generally live in a state of want but also marked by the intimate recollection of inspirational moments are life-giving and suggest the possibitly of happiness. Her work was influenced by the Metaphysical poets of the 17th century England and her reading of the book of Revelation and her upbringing in a Puritain New England town whcih encouraged an approach to Christianity. Emiy was extremly prolific and as a poet she sent her poems in letters to her friends. She was not publicly reconginized during her lifetime. Her first volume of work wasn't published untill 1890 and the last in 1955. Ms. Dickinson died in 1886. upon her death, her family discovered 40 handbound volumes of nearly 1800 of her poems or "fasciles" as they are sometimes called. Those booklets were made by folding and sewing five or six sheets of stationery paper and copying what seems to be her final copies. The hand written poems show a variety of dash-like marks of various sizes and directions, The poems were unbound and published according to the asesthetics of her many early editors, removing her unusual and varied dashes and replace them with taditional punctuatuion. I think this poem represents romanticism or a quality/spirit in thought, expression, or action, rules and conventions. Emily presents this because its her own emphasis on her expression of emotion and imagination of hard work, chance, and luck. While others may have a different outlook on the situation.
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