Close Reading of Publication is the Auction

Dickinson’s poem “Publication –is the Auction” deals with the speaker’s disdain toward the publication of an author’s works. The speaker seems to regard the act of publishing work as an act of selling oneself short, compromising one’s purity and integrity. In the first line, the speaker conveys the impersonality of publication by comparing it to … Read moreClose Reading of Publication is the Auction

Two Shades of Black: Emily Dickinson’s “We grow accustomed to the Dark-“

In Emily Dickinson’s 419th untitled poem, more commonly known by its first line, “We grow accustomed to the Dark-“, the speaker describes two distinct situations in which people must gradually adjust to “darkness”. The first portion is fairly lucid, using concrete images to portray a simple nighttime farewell that describes the time it takes for … Read moreTwo Shades of Black: Emily Dickinson’s “We grow accustomed to the Dark-“

Subtleties of the Perfect Word

With a few straight lines, perhaps a dot, and an occasional squiggle, Word is born. Despite its humble beginnings, Word holds the possibility of greatness: the ability to cause war, to make peace, to express love, to describe fear. While many others are easily accessible, wrangling Perfect Word requires patience, scrupulousness, and wit. In spite … Read moreSubtleties of the Perfect Word

Faith and Doubt in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry

Emily Dickinson’s poetry covers a broad range of topics, including poetic vision, love, nature, prayer, death, God, Christ, and immortality. There is a unity in her poetry, however, in that it focuses primarily on religion. Full of contradictions and varying moods and perspectives, her poems offer a glimpse into a complex and intelligent mind that … Read moreFaith and Doubt in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry

The Source of Eroticism in Emily Dickinson’s Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

Emily Dickinson’s “Wild Nights–Wild Nights!” is as enigmatic as it is condensed. Most critics agree that it is an essentially erotic poem, but interpretations vary widely within that shared recognition of its eroticism. There is disagreement as to what motivated Dickinson’s eros, toward whom or what she directed that motivation, and even as to what … Read moreThe Source of Eroticism in Emily Dickinson’s Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

Identity in the Romantic Era and Emily Dickinson’s Poems

Emily Dickinson once said: “We meet no stranger but ourself.” This quote relates strongly to the theme of identity within her poems. It can be taken to mean that it is easy for us to get to know others. To understand oneself, however, is a much more difficult task. As people, we are constantly evolving, … Read moreIdentity in the Romantic Era and Emily Dickinson’s Poems

Ambiguity in Emily Dickinon’s Poetry

Emily Dickinson, in most of her poetry, proves to cherish ambiguity. Some of her poems can be perceived in multiple different ways of which none are right or wrong. Depending on how the reader sees and interprets the poem, the meaning is twisted to fit their view. The ambiguity in her writing relates to the … Read moreAmbiguity in Emily Dickinon’s Poetry

Desire and Fulfillment: Emily Dickinson vs. Walt Whitman

American poets Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are best known for their confessional works, in which they express their inner desires and urges. Both poets reflect their own unique qualities through choice of style, form, and language, as they discuss their feelings of sexual dissatisfaction and longing. Dickinson and Whitman stand on opposite ends of … Read moreDesire and Fulfillment: Emily Dickinson vs. Walt Whitman

Natural Imagery in Emily Dickinson’s Poem 666

By looking at Emily Dickinson’s poem 666 “I cross till I am weary,” we can see the poet’s connections between the nature of life or spirituality and the subtleties of rhyme as well as meter; this link is important because it sets a tone for the reading of the poem. Dickinson’s natural imagery in this … Read moreNatural Imagery in Emily Dickinson’s Poem 666

“And No Man Visit Me:” Analyzing Emily Dickinson’s Works from a Feminist Perspective

As one of the most widely read female poets to this day, Emily Dickinson has been analyzed for generations. Her poems touch on profound human issues such as death, religion, and, perhaps most subtly, gender. While Dickinson’s predominantly homebound and domestic lifestyle and may initially suggest otherwise, her works, in both their content and their … Read more“And No Man Visit Me:” Analyzing Emily Dickinson’s Works from a Feminist Perspective