Poem Analyzation Essay

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Carla Villarreal AP English Ms. Slomski 4/8/13 “The Last Night that She Lived” In “The Last Night that She lived”, Emily Dickenson portrays the speaker to have an attitude of indifference towards the death of the woman. The speaker narrates the poem with details that aren’t quite vivid or show too much emotion. The attitude put forth in the last two paragraphs contrast the first paragraphs of the poem. In the beginning of the poem, it seems as though the speaker is sad. An illusion of confusion is created by the structure of the tone of the poem that throws the reader off. To my understanding and evaluation, the speaker is somewhat sad about the woman dying, but it is evident that the speaker does not grieve over it too much because the woman is not of much importance to the speaker. One of the reasons the speaker might feel indifferent to the woman’s death is because the speaker does not have an emotional connection towards her. In the first line “The last Night that She lived, It was a Common Night” (line 1-2), it can be inferred that the speaker does not see the woman’s death as a big event. The speaker sees the woman’s death as a normal day. That tells the reader that the speaker isn’t dwelling on her death. The use of capitalization in the phrase “Common Night” is a structure the author uses to perhaps emphasize the common night as a sort of holiday. The “Common Night” can be a holiday to the speaker because maybe the speaker is happy that the woman is dead. From this line in the poem, it is a clear justification that the speaker does not care too much about the woman’s death. A reason that the speaker doesn’t care too much about the woman’s death can be because the woman is a figure of jealousy. In lines 14-16, “While She must finish quite, A jealousy for Her arose, So nearly infinite-“ (lines 14-16), it can be inferred that the woman who died

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