Emily Dickenson And The Theme Of Death



Emily Dickenson, an unconventional 19th century poet, used death as the
theme for many of her poems. Dickenson's poems offer a creative and
refreshingly different perspective on death and its effects on others. In
Dickenson's poems, death is often personified, and is also assigned to
personalities far different from the traditional "horror movie" roles.
Dickenson also combines imaginative diction with vivid imagery to create
astonishingly powerful poems.
In the 1862 poem, After Great pain, a formal feeling comes--, Emily
Dickenson presents death from the perspective of the bereaved. This poem is
written in the third person, and informs the reader as to the actions and
thoughts of the ...

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diction in this passage creates an eerie atmosphere all by itself.
The effect of this passage is reminiscent of the famous macabre monologue at
the end of Michael Jackson's Thriller. Dickenson also excellently portrays the
restlessness of the mourners in this following passage:

"The Feet, mechanical, go round--
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought--"

Describing the feet as "mechanical" shows the agitation and displacement of the
mourners. Also, in the next line, "Ought" most closely means "Emptiness."
Dickenson artistically shows us how the mourners are dealing with their loss in
this next passage:

"A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone--"

To deal with their loss, the mourners have separated themselves from the rest of
the world. Their reaction to this catastrophe has become one of denial, causing
each to develop "A...contentment, like a stone--."

"Because I could not stop for death--," another famous Emily Dickenson
poem, renders a highly ...

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