Emily Dickinson was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley. Emily only attended Mount Holyoke for one year. Throughout Emily's life she seldom left her home and few visitors came. Although the people who did come in contact with her had an enormous impact on her poetry. Emily became heavily affected by Reverend Charles Wadsworth, which she met on a trip to Philadelphia. He came and left her life in 1860. Many critics say his departure left her heartsick and influenced her poetry. It is not clearly stated whether their relationship was romantic or not so you know what that means *cough cough friend's zone*. She often called him "my closest earthly friend" which means she did friend zone him. Other noted romantic lovers she had were Otis P. Lord, a Massachusetts Supreme Court Judge, and Samuel Bowles an editor of the SpringField Republican.
By 1860 Emily lived an almost completely isolated life from the outside world but some how read a wide variety of books. Emily's father, known as Edward Dickinson, was a Politician serving one term in Congress. Her brother known as Austin was an attorney who just happen to lived beside Emily with his wife Susan. Emily's sister Lavinia also lived her life very similar to Emily, by living in isolation.
I’m Nobody! Who are you? (260)
Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
Dickinson uses romanticism in this poem through nature, individualism, and emotions.
I chose the poem because of the title. The title of the poem caught my eye.
This poem is iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter.
Theme: The Dreary of identity.
I can tie this poem to a poem that we read in class called "Let America be America Again" BY: Langston Hughes
Identity can hurt you especially if your identified as a specific type of person. "I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars, I am the red man driven from the land". The Negro bearing slavery scars was a slave that was mistreated badly. and the red man driven from the land is symbolizing the Natives that were brutally pushed off their lands.
Wild Nights—Wild Nights! (249)
Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886
Wild Nights – Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Futile – the winds –
To a heart in port –
Done with the compass –
Done with the chart!
Rowing in Eden –
Ah, the sea!
Might I moor – Tonight –
Dickinson use realism in this poem through nature forces.
I chose this poem because once again the title caught my eye.
This poem is iambic dimeter.
Theme: the desire to travel.
I can compare this poem to a poem we previously read called "Indian Boarding School: The Runaways" by Louise Erdrich
"We watch through cracks in boards as the land starts rolling..."
The quote above symbolizes them in a train traveling to some place the desire to be at.