Emily Dickinson's Poetry Explore Death

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Subject Area:Poetry

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Therefore, death has been questioned by many individuals continuously. The concerns about death have been talked in literary works. The ideas of death are conveyed through novels, short stories, and fiction stories. Epic of Gilgamesh which is one of the best literature in early days, where immortality and mortality take center stage. In poetry, the theme of death has been deeply explored. Where some of the tones reflected joy and others grief. This concludes that Emily Dickinson’s poems on death are profound and differently (McMichael 1124). Research Question The following question is addressed by this study; • How does Emily Dickinson’s poetry explore death? The poem attributes towards death how it perceives it and how its communities, in general, take it? Study Significance This research brings out vital information that depicts the concept of death in poetry and enhances understanding by readers of these poems by Emily Dickinson.

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Therefore, people gain a lot of knowledge on how Emily Dickinson explores death through poetry. Study Scope In this research study, 26 of Emily Dickinson’s poems were scrutinized. Also, it snatches the human beings from the loved ones. The death concept then brings far to peoples’ minds and enhances both undesired and fearful feelings toward it (Petrino Elizabeth 342). Emily Dickinson’s poems, the exploration of death images are revealed as the unfriend that tends to inflict pain and slay the persona in the poem. According to them, death is usually the last cruel thing to come to life with no any welcome. Emily describes it as great and merciless power to kill that comes to a person without a shred of mercy.

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It brings a picture that death is the main destroyer of everything especially human beings on earth. Therefore, death is seen as the enemy of the people because it is unfavorable and destructive to human life. The Equalizer Altshuler and Janaro describe death as the life leveler in the life span (John Thomas 228). People are born from different places, struggle in life differently, but what makes human equal is death where it marks the end of life for everyone. Finally, death brings nature balance where others are born and others dying, if not the earth could have no space anymore. Toads in this poem represent the human beings and the animals and fates similarly they undergo. In the poem, the toad is used to bring out the theme of death and shows the common final stage of living things.

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Toads also symbolize the evil and the good that suffers the same fate of death destination. Midge which represents the hierarchy between animals and human beings is also used in the poem. Their separation takes place different but eventually that different suffer the death penalty equally. This implies that she had lived a good life in God’s image and take the responsibility of her relationship with God as the controller of life and even death. The narrator describes the eternity which signifies the life after death in paradise and how wonderful and joyful would be. Therefore, the poem retrieves death as a reward to a human being. Predetermined End In Emily Dickinson’s poems, the narrator conveys how God manages the matters concerning death with supreme power He has which is the poet beliefs (Petrino Elizabeth 23).

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Christianity claims that deaths are untold, they can neither be reversed nor manipulated or adapted. Using grass and daisy which are found naturally everywhere, it indicates that death is a normal thing and is found anywhere and occurs to anyone. The image of understandability and commonness is brought out by the poem as the case of death. It concludes that death is the only determining way back by God when you are born (John Thomas 231-278). In conclusion, Emily Dickinson’s poem as the tool that explores death in different ways. It cultivates the deeper phenomena, and the images of death are shown in various of her poems. Cambridge: Cambridge University press. Print. John, H. Thomas. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.

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Print. Petrino, A. Elizabeth. Emily Dickinson and Her Contemporaries. United States of America: University Press of New England, 1998.

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