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Emily Dickinson: Poetry Impact Essay

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Emily Dickinson has had quite an impact on me over the short time I have been reading her poetry. Her poetry is recognisable at a glance and it leaves you without ever fully understanding what she intended within her poetry. Emily Dickinson's poems often repeat a lot of the same features such as capitals, dashes, short phrases and onomatopoeia.The first poem I studied was "Hope is the thing with feathers", this poem uses metaphors to convey its message and the entire poem is a metaphor. Dickinson begins her poem by comparing hope to a bird, "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul" these lines describe hope as a bird that lives in the human soul. A bird is used as a symbol of good. The following lines extend this by comparing the feeling of hope to the song of the bird, by saying, "And sings the tune - without the words, And never stops at all," This part of the poem also says that the bird never stops singing meaning hope is felt at the best and worst times of life. The next line states "And sweetest - in the gale - is heard" this line is saying that hope is felt strongest, and greeted most happily at the worst of times. Later on in the poem Emily Dickinson continues to provide more imagery and descriptions. "And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird" this is stating that only in the worst times can hope be defeated or damaged. Dickinson creates a sense that hope is always there and also creates a feeling that it is everywhere. "I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea" this passage creates the idea that hope is everywhere at all times. In the final lines of the poem Dickinson writes "Yet, never, in extremity, it asked a crumb of me" I think this personifies hope as a friend who never asks of anything in return from you and provides warmth and friendliness. I believe the theme of this poem is that hope is always there, to comfort in the best and worst of times. In life bad situations come along very often, but hope is always there to help defeat them.The poem "Hope is the thing with feathers" tells me that Emily Dickinson had been through a lot and could have been quite dependent on hope in her life. It left an impact on me partly due to the beautiful metaphor of hope being a bird inside of us all, which is used in Christianity represented by a dove. Another part of this poem that really stuck out in my head was how Emily Dickinson describes hope in a good way and that it will never leave us, even when we think it has. We just have to believe in it.In the poem "I felt a funeral in my brain", Dickinson describes what seems to be a funeral in her mind. When one thinks of a funeral they usually think of a ceremony for a person who has died. Although Dickinson describes events that usually take place at a funeral: mourners, a service, lifting of a box or something that is implied as a coffin, no one has died though. This funeral that Dickinson is experiencing in her brain seems like it is...

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