Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts where was raised as well. She attended a school called Amherst Academy with her sister and has taken classes in English and classical literature, Latin, botany, geology, history, mental philosophy and arithmetic.
1st Poem: I chose a poem called "joy in death" because I feel like the other poems that she had written were very gloomy and sad and I was pulled in by this title because it was different from the others.
Joy in Death
If tolling bell I ask the cause.
'A soul has gone to God,'
I'm answered in a lonesome tone;
Is heaven then so sad?
That bells should joyful ring to tell
A soul had gone to heaven,
Would seem to me the proper way
A good news should be given.
Rhythm: iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter
Theme: A theme that I found in this poem is what it is like when someone dies. In the beginning the line "If tolling bell I ask the cause. 'A soul has gone to God,' " I think about the saying "every time a bell rings an angel receive its wings" and as it goes on in explaining what the beginning means.
This theme connects to a poem we read in class called "I heard a fly buzz" because the "I heard a fly buzz" describes the atmosphere and actions that is happening when someone is dying and then the poem "Joy in death" speaks about how after she dies this is what will happen and it is very calming and not as gloomy.
A characteristic that has been illustrated in this poem is realism because she uses an interesting way in organizing and writing her poems such as the rhythms and meters.
Nature is What we see
"Nature" is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.
Rhythm: trochic trimeter in the first line of each stanza and iambic trimeter
Theme: The theme is describing the things we see in nature such as "the hill- the afternoon-squirrel- eclipse" followed along with the things we hear such as " The Bobolink—the Sea—Thunder—the Cricket" and how when you put all of them together it creates something beautiful.
This theme does not connect to a poem we have read in class together because Emily speaks about the things she notices in nature rather than writing about death.
The characteristic in the poem is Romanticism because she is being very creative on how all these things work together such as the things we hear is natures harmony.