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The Disposition of Death in Emily Dickinson's Poems Essay

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Emily Dickinson once said, "Dying is a wild night and a new street." Some individuals welcome death with open arms while others cower in fear when faced from the arms of death. Through the use of ambiguity, metaphors, personification and paradoxes Emily Dickinson still gives readers a feeling of vagueness on how she feels about dying. Emily Dickinson inventively conveys the character of death in the poems, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280)", "I Heard a fly Buzz--After I glanced--(465)" and "Because I couldn't stop for Death--(712)". Emily Dickinson, who achieved more fame following her passing, is thought to be one of the greatest American poets of all time. Dickinson communicated via letters and notes and based on Amy Paulson Herstek, writer of "Emily Dickinson: Solitary and Celebrated Poet," "Writing was how she kept in contact with the planet" (15). Dickinson's design is exceptional and although unconventional, it resulted in extraordinary works of literature. Dickinson lived her entire life in solitude, but in her solitude she was free to read, write and think that led to her nonconformity and robust sense of individualism. Suzanne Juhasz, a biographer of all Dickinson, sums up many critics' idea of Dickinson ideally: "Emily Dickinson is at once the most romantic of poets, and also the many guarded. The most self-sufficient, and the neediest. The proudest, and also the most vulnerable. These contradictions, which we as her readers experience in her poems, are understandable, maybe not paradoxical, for they result from the tension between the life to which she was born and also the one to which she awakens" (1). Dickinson poured her heart and soul into over 1,700 poems, 600 of which link to death. Paul J. Ferlazzo, a contributing writer of "Emily Dickinson" compose...

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