Emily Dickinson Research Paper

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Emily Dickinson, a unique voice of delicate intensity, is invariably named as one of our nation’s greatest poets (Wiggins). Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and she died in 1886. Throughout the course of her lifetime she wrote many amazing poems. Although all of her poems are short, they held great meaning and she is known to be far ahead of her time. Dickinson used many dashes and punctuation to create a larger impact on the reader while also using very simple, but forceful language. Emily Dickinson is also known for her ideas of human understanding, even though, ironically, she lived alone for most of her life. Emily Dickinson expresses her different views of human understanding as something unlimited and as something limited through her poems: The Brain is Wider Than The Sky, The Soul Selects her own Society, and There is a Solitude of Space. To begin with, Emily Dickinson expresses her view that human understanding is unlimited in her poem The Brain is Wider Than the Sky. In the poem, Emily is basically saying that the human mind is larger and more complex than anything we know to be…show more content…
The whole main theme of this poem is aloneness and privacy. At the beginning Dickinson attempts to set forth the mood of loneliness. She mentions “space” and “sea” as being places of solitude. Emily declares that privacy is a powerful thing and she establishes the difference between being lonely, and being alone. “Dickinson is suggesting the solitude of one’s soul is forever unreachable by anyone other than one’s self” (Mayugba). Ultimately, when our time comes to die we are all alone in it and only we can truly know our own soul. A soul admitted to itself is the way Emily says it. She beautifully ends her poem with the line “Finite Infinity” which may seem contradictory, but in reality holds true. A soul admitted to itself is unlimited, yet

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