Nov 10, 2017 in Analysis

Emily Dickinson's Poetry: a Personal Background Analysis

It is difficult to imagine more boring and uninteresting life than that of one of the greatest and most original poets in American literature, Emily Dickinson. J.B. Priestley, the English novelist and playwright, called her “half a spinster, half a curious troll, and, generally – a brave and ‘concentrated’ poet compared to whom all the male poets of her time seem timid and boring” (Bloom 68). Few members of her family knew that she was writing poetry, and publication was not her aim. Therefore, it was a real sensation when after death of the poetess, her sister Lavinia found eighteen hundred non-published poems. However, the disorder in her textual archive has not been eliminated yet. As Habegger claims, “The consequences of the poet's failure to disseminate her work in a faithful and orderly manner are still very much with us” (Habegger 628).

Now her poems can be interpreted as the best key to her personality and personal background. To analyze these aspects through the prism of Emily Dickinson’s poetry I have chosen three poems: “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” and “A Man can make a Remark”. The fact is that the most productive periods in Dickinson’s creative work are closely connected with her withdrawal from social life. The poetess concentrated on her inner world looking at every event through the prism of her inner perception tuned by her poetic talent. Therefore, her poems are full of subjectivity and demonstrate the first person narration, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain/And Mourners to and fro” (1-2).

Emily Dickinson’s poetry is full of deep philosophy and psychology which makes it so attractive to the modern reader. However, her poetic works are also the documents of her own not very optimistic, though very productive life.

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