Emily Dickinson-American Romanticism

BY: Anasya Dowell

Emily Dickinson was an innovator in the field of poetry. She tested new boundaries of poetry with definitions. She was born on December 10,1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She studied at the Amherst academy fro seven years of her youth time.By the 1860s she lived in almost complete isolation from the rest of the world. Her poetry was not publicly  recognized during her lifetime. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890 and the last in 1955. She died in Amherst in 1886.

"Hope" is the thing with feathers - (314)


“Hope” is /the thing /with feathers -

That per/ches in /the soul -

And sings/ the tune /without /the words -

And nev/er stops -/ at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

Iambic trimeter.Theme for this poem is Hope endures all. Hope is always around and available. She compares hope to the soul of a bird. This poem relates to The Fall of the House of Usher because of the connection to nature.

Poor Little Heart

POOR lit/tle heart!

Did they/ forget thee?

Then din/na care! Then din/na care!

Proud lit/tle heart!

Did they forsake thee?

Be debonair! Be debonair!

Frail little heart!

I would not break thee:

Could’st credit me? Could’st credit me?

Gay little heart!

Like morning glory

Thou’ll wilted be; thou’ll wilted be!

Iambic tirmeter.The theme of this poem is Broken Hearts are not healed easily. The woman's heart is abandoned by a man she should be care free and keep her head up. A new man comes into your heart and breaks it again which starts the whole heart break cycle over again. This relates to "The Minister's Black Veil" because the Minister's lover had a broken heart because he would not take the veil off of his face.  This poem relates to the characteristic to value feelings and intuition over reason.

I chose these two poems because they where interesting and about hope and love. The two are complete opposite is about finding hope and the other is about a broken heart.

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