Emily Dickinson Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (Amherst, Massachusetts-10th December, 1830) regarded as one of America’s greatest poets, is also known for her unusual life of self imposed social seclusion. Although living a life of simplicity and seclusion, she wrote poetry of great power; questioning the nature of immortality and death, two recurring topics in the letters to her friends.
First Years• As a young child, Emily proved to be a bright and conscientious student. She showed a sharp intelligence and was able to create many original writings of rhyming stories.• In response to his father strictness in censorship, she was highly deferential to her father and other male figures of authority.• But, despite her attempts to please and be well thought of, she was at the same time independently minded and quite willing to refuse the prevailing orthodoxy’s on certain issues.
In her poetry she didn’t use to use titles very often. The rhyme in her poems is usually the slant one, within short lines in which she expressed far-reaching ideas. Moreover, her poetry, which is amidst paradox and uncertainty, has an undeniable capacity to move and provoke. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. She died in May 15, 1886 due to Bright’s disease, a chronic nephritis. Her work & death
Religion A crucial issue at the time was religion,which to Emily was the “all importantquestion”. The antecedents of the Dickinson’s can betraced back to the early Puritan settlers, who leftLincolnshire (England) in the late 17th Centuryin order to practice religious freedom inAmerica.
Legacy• Her first collection of poetry after her death was published in 1890 by personal acquaintances who heavily edited the content. But, finally, a complete and mostly unaltered collection of her poetry became available for the first time in 1955 when The Poems of Emily Dickinson was published by scholar Thomas H. Johnson.• Despite unfavorable reviews during the late 19th and early 20th century, critics now consider her to be a major American poet.
A selected poem “A Book” A Book“There is no frigate like a book The poem with theTo take us lands away, expresses the coursers,Nor any coursers like a page importance stating that theOf prancing poetry. Dickinson gives first ones areThis traverse may the poorest take to books and better. TheWithout oppress of toll; literature in comparison isHow frugal is the chariot general, established uponThat bears a human soul!” specifying the the similarity importance of between the Emily Dickinson poetry. For her, prancing books are movements of capable of coursers and making us travel the sensation of when reading the same them. Books tell movement when us stories of any reading poetry kind, at any (it make us stay place, real or “nervous” until not, and with we know the end the company of of the poem, for many different example). characters. She also compares the “pages” of poetry books
A selected poem “A Book” II She adds that this is a travel all people can do, eventhe poorest, without being injured and without having topay much. With the words “oppress” and “toll” she may bereferring to how poor people would feel when travelling,because of having to pay lots of money (a “toll”, a loss ofmoney, for example). The two last lines express how the human soul has todeal with lots of problems, being that “chariot” all thethings we do during our life and that a Spanish poet,Antonio Machado, will call “way” in one of his poems. Looking at the poem in general, it reflects howDickinson saw life. She would prefer being alone, reading,rather than travelling, being surrounded by people.
My opinion I like this poem because I feel the same asDickinson when reading books (in my case, thefantastic and adventures ones). Books make ustravel around places we have never been beforeor remember the ones we have already visited.For me, books are important as well asinteresting and astonishing.
Before my poem… I found a poem by Maya Angelou which Ifound interesting. Because of this, I would talkabout it and about his author a bit.
Another American Writer In this short poem, Angelou expresses a typical theme in literature: the passing time (as she announces on her poem’s title).Your skin like dawn The skin of young people isMine like musk smooth, but we know that this youthful look will disappear andOne paints the beginning will turn into a wrinkled face, anof a certain end. old person (the beginning of a certain ending”).The other, the end of a On the other hand we knowsure beginning. that the wrinkled face of old people has not always been wrinkled, they have been children Maya Angelou too (the end of a sure beginning).
My opinion & Maya Angelou Maya Angelou (April 4th, 1928, St. I like her poem because itLouis, Missouri) was raised in St. Louis and summarizes in a very few lines whatStamps, Arkansas. There, Angelou happens to all human beings during ourexperienced racial discrimination as well as lives.she absorbed the unshakable faith andvalues of traditional African-American She keeps simple something that if youfamilies, community and culture. think it in depth it is not that easy, being this the reason why her poem is so unique and She is one of the most famous and beautiful.influential people of our time, being acelebrated poet, novelist, dramatist, actress,filmmaker and civil rights activist amongother things. She has served on two presidentialcommittees and has been awarded severaltimes (the Presidential Medal of Arts in2000 and 3 Grammy Awards among others).
My Poem- “The Importance of Ideas” Ideas are just so difficult to forget. When one is set on your mind Is impossible to be deleted. The world is carried by ideas, They make it be what it is And what it can be, Also what it could be. Ideas are strong, powerful. They give us the strength for Doing great things Or horrible ones. Ideas scare me, But they also delight myself. They give me my passion My ambition, My obsession. Ideas always depends on The person who carries them. But why on earth should man Use them for doing the bad? “No idea, mate.”