Emily Dickinson Outline

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Emily Dickinson By anonymous English 3 Ms. Trupi 3 June 2013 Thesis: Emily Dickinson was a master at the craft of writing poetry as shown in her works “Because I could not stop for death”, “There’s a certain slant of light”, and “The soul selects her own society” where she portrayed themes such as human nature, independence (feminine), the meaning of life and death and optimism in a grim world. I. Introduction A. Early Life 1. Amherst College 2. Ralph Waldo Emerson 3. Benjamin Franklin Newton 4. Edward Dickinson B. Midlife 1. Path to Seclusion 2. Death of Leonard Humphrey 3. Ill mother C. Late Life 1. Thomas Wentworth Higginson 2. Several painful surgeries 3. The garden…show more content…
Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her early stages of life, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. During her teenage years she discovered poetry through the works of William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson. They both heavily influenced her to write poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson taught her about transcendentalism which would become a big part of her poetry later on in life. By the age of 20, Emily Dickinson had begun the path to seclusion that would define the rest of her life. The deaths of several friends and mentors had begun weighing heavily on Emily’s mind and sent her depression even…show more content…
Emily’s verse is often associated with common meter, which is defined by alternating lines of eight syllables and six syllables (8686). As Cristanne Miller writes in Reading in Time: Emily Dickinson and the Nineteenth Century, “Emily Dickinson also experimented with a variety of metrical and stanza forms, including short meter (6686) and the ballad stanza, which depends more on beats per line (usually 4 alternating with 3) than on exact syllable counts. Even in common meter, she wasn’t always strict with the number of syllables per line, as the first line in (I’ll tell you how the Sun rose) demonstrates”. Her employment of rhyme is experimental and often not exact. Rhyme that is not perfect is called “slant rhyme” or “approximate rhyme.” Slant rhyme or no rhyme at all, is quite common in modern poetry. However during Emily’s time this was less often used by her contemporaries such as

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