Emily Dickinson-Critique

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Critique Emily Dickinson has trodden away from contemporary society creating her own path in both the subject and approach to conveying her ideas. See has taken to tried and tested art of poetry and breathed into the worn and dull element new life that has captures the reader’s attention and drives home the powerful message that is carefully crafted into the words of the poem. Dickinson conveys a message about a very hushed and barely mentioned element of belonging, that of not belonging. To elaborate further, she puts out the message that of how a discreetly hidden number of individuals in society shun the concept of belonging in society. These individuals are uneasy and uncomfortable in the acting as if they belong in a world that they distain and one that looks down on and despises them for not belonging. “This is my letter to the world that never wrote to me” [poem 66] This quote is of individuals who as a result of them failing to conform to the social pressures of contemporary have gained the status of outsiders, not belonging to the greater populace and ignored by it. Dickinson also has conveyed the message of those individuals that are introverts or for other reasons that labels them as outsiders that are tortured and killed from the inside when they are force to belong that of which they so clearly have no part of. Dickinson conveys her message with dark, death focused imagery that reflects the attitude of society towards her, individuals like her and the harm of forceful belonging. This quote identifies that message of harmful force of belonging, that of which is out of place “The plenty hurt me ‘twas so new. Myself felt ill and odd, as berry of mountain bush transplanted to the road” [poem 82]. Dickinson also points out that due to the labeled outsiders they are ignored and looked over by society, where they thrive in their comfortable environment and
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