Belonging Always Comes At a Price

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Essay Question: Belonging always comes at a price. Does your study of belonging support this idea? Choose 2 of Emily Dickinson’s poems and make reference closely. With everything comes the aftermath whether it be positive or negative depends on the situation and what is best for that possible outcome. Within Emily Dickinson’s poetry, she expresses her own perceptions of what is within the package of an individual’s yearning to belong in society’s game. This positions us to shape our own notions and understanding of what belonging entails with Dickinson’s insights as an initial framework. In the area of belonging, being accepted or gaining a sense of affiliation by someone or a group of people may require you to alter something about you and what you are about. Similarly, where there is an opportunity of belonging or a sense of placement there is always the possibility of loss and neglect. Within Dickinson’s poem I died for beauty.. beauty and truth underpin the essence of her message of sacrificing yourself in the name you desire to be recognised as. The persona Dickinson has adopted has been represented as an image of beauty which entails the assumption of intense feeling of passion and emotion, an essential truth about life. At the same time, a contrasting image of death is implemented with the ultimate power being nature, claiming us no matter what we may do. This image is further reinforced with the paradoxical ideas of unity and disintegration with ‘moss’ being represented as the agent of claiming our identity in the end as being a part of the human condition. We learn that with the gift of life and living comes death and decay, something we cannot hide from although from this, connectedness and unity emerges. Emily Dickinson’s poem, I gave myself to him.. allows for her to portray that within the institution of marriage, there are risks involved
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