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Emily Dickinson - Life and Metaphors

by Rosalinda Flores-Martinez

When you can browse an abstract picture and you can talk and see life in deep metaphors, you will feel the value of art in being.

Poetry is something beautiful out of anything and in ugliness. It transforms matter into movement and life. It creates an array of light, culture, stories, buildings, clouds, and cute monsters. It tastes heaven, death, grapes, blood, and glass. It sees triumph, moans grief, shouts wisdom, and all the mind could do.

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it...," this is how Emily Dickinson finds poetry.

Dickinson is a noted poet. Her sentences are short that express a nervous discharge of energy. A poet of Victorian period, she has a certain kind of poetic insight that brings a startling contemporary tone to her works. Most of Ms. Dickinson's poems are metaphysical poems which are about life, love, and death among others. Her gift of words is timeless.

Sample Poem /Phrase from Emily Dickinson

"Death Is A Dialogue"

Death is a dialogue between
The spirit and the dust.
"Dissolve, says Death. The Spirit, "Sir,"
I have another trust."

Death doubts it, argues from the ground
The Spirit turns away,
Just laying off, for evidence,
An overcoat of clay.

1. "In the usual Metaphysical tradition, "Death is a Dialogue" expresses its meaning through the central devices of argument, and of image and situation," Edith Tiempo says. (Edith Tiempo is a reputable professor in Poetry)

2.Emily Dickinson often uses off-rhymes (near rhymes or oblique rhymes) that it becomes a characteristic. Her earliest works show she could rhyme perfectly when she wants to, but for some reason she becomes fond of the little dissonance. She believes that any vowel can rhyme with another vowel.

Example: Instead of rhymes like "June"/ "moon"
She prefers "June"/men."

3.She also uses synesthesia (from Greek words meaning "blended feeling"), as in "... he hears odors..." and "To the bugle every color is red."

An analysis by R.P. Blackmur about Emily Dickinson writes:

"She was neither a professional nor an amateur poet (She was a private a poet); she wrote indefatigably as some women cook or knit. Her gift of words and the cultural predicaments of her time drove her into poetry instead of antimacassars."

Rose Flores -Martinez

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