Emily Dickinson

Katie Pham

About Emily Dickinson

Birth Date: December 10, 1830

Place of Birth: Amherst, Massachusetts

Death Date: May 15, 1886

Aside from writing poetry, Emily Dickinson studied botany at Amherst Academy (now Amherst College) and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.

She also collected botanic related things and created herbariums from them.

Dickinson's Poems

I chose these poems because I felt a certain ineffable connection with them.

Scansion: iambic trimeter

Theme
The theme is that new beginnings give hope. The poem starts off talking about how spring is like a rebirth--how it brings the sense of hope or a second chance. However, she talks about something being lost towards the end of the poem as she talks about things passing.

Connection
This poem relates to "The Fall of the House of Usher" because the poems ends in a not-so-positive way. Though the poem started off feeling hopeful, it ended making me feel the same way I did while I was reading "The Fall of the House of Usher".

Characteristics
The characteristics of American Romanticism displayed in this poem include: distrusting progress, nature's beauty being path to spiritual and more development, seeing poetry as the highest expression of imagination, and individualizing freedom and worth.

Scansion: iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter

Theme
The theme is that things change, but the general idea is still true. The poem talks about how "we've a immortal place, though pyramids decay". Humans are outliving their creations; the original land is still there.

Connection
This poem relates to Gettysburg Address. Lincoln mentions how the men who died in combat makes the land sacred, which is what I think the pyramids and kingdoms Dickinson mentioned does when they corrode away.

Characteristics
The characteristics of American Romanticism displayed in this poem include: valuing feeling and intuition over reason, nature's beauty being a path to more development, and seeing poetry as the highest expression of imagination.

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