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Emily Dickinson. By: Michelle and Sami. Early childhood. Born Emily Elizabeth Dickinson December 10, 1830 Amherst, Massachusetts Successful family; Father worked for congress Younger sister Lavinia and older brother William Musically inclined

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emily dickinson

Emily Dickinson

By: Michelle and Sami

early childhood
Early childhood
  • Born Emily Elizabeth DickinsonDecember 10, 1830
  • Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Successful family; Father worked for congress
  • Younger sister Lavinia and older brother William
  • Musically inclined
  • Mother cold and aloof; Emily considered older brother parent
teenage years
Teenage years
  • Impacted by her second cousins death; "it seemed to me I should die too if I could not be permitted to watch over her or even look at her face."[
  • Troubled teen; not many friends; rebelled against religion
  • Attended female seminary school; was removed by brother in march of 1848 at “all cost”
adulthood
Adulthood
  • Only two poems published during lifetime
  • Hundreds of poems found by sister after Emily's death
  • Over 18 000 poems written during lifetime
  • Secluded
  • In love with Minister
  • Never married
  • No children
  • Passed May 15, 1886
the purpose of the poems
The purpose of the poems
  • Mostlywriting for self
  • No outwordly influence and/or pressure
  • Copingmethod
  • Relatable
  • Questions religion – beforeher time
writing style
Writing style
  • Short
  • Meaningful
  • Wrote about emotions
  • Purposeful
  • Uses dashes to break rhythm (If I should die)
  • Long pauses to interrupt meter
  • Most common pattern – a,b,c,b
  • Five categories
hope i s the thing with feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers

"Hope" is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land

And on the strangest sea,

Yet never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

if i should die
If I should die

If I should die,

And you should live,

And time should gurgle on,

And morn should beam,

And noon should burn, 5

As it has usual done;

If birds should build as early,

And bees as bustling go,—

One might depart at option

From enterprise below! 10

’T is sweet to know that stocks will stand

When we with daisies lie,

That commerce will continue,

And trades as briskly fly.

It makes the parting tranquil 15

And keeps the soul serene,

That gentlemen so sprightly

Conduct the pleasing scene!

if i can stop
If I can stop

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

analysis
Analysis
  • Findingmeaning in life
  • Pep talk
  • « If I can » - upsetwith life
  • « Precise and unpredictable »
  • « Breakingheart » , « cool one pain »
  • Iambictetramter and unregular pattern
  • Little use of poeticdevices
  • Written for self
personal connection
Personal connection
  • « What is the meaning of life? »
  • Reassurance, hope
why is emily dickinson a worthy study
Why is Emily Dickinson a worthy study?
  • Descriptive
  • Modern
  • Word flow
  • Tone
  • Expression of both love and dark
  • Expressive
  • Short and honest