Emily Dickinson was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. When Emily graduated from Amherst Academy (like a middle school and high school) she attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (a kind of religious college for women), ten miles from her home. Emily Dickinson left school as a teenager to live a reclusive life on the family homestead. There, she filled notebooks with poetry and wrote hundreds of letters. Dickinson's remarkable work was published after her death on May 15, 1886, in Amherst and she is now considered one of the towering figures of American literature.
"The Nobody! Who are you?" Poem
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us--don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
I choose this poem because it shows how you should stay humble.
Theme: It is better to be a humble nobody then a proud somebody
Meter: The poem alternates between iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter
Rhyme: All of the rhymes are masculine
"I Died for Beauty, but was Scarce"
I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.
He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth, -the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.
And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.
I choose this poem because I feel like this poem is really deep and I like it
Theme: Death and the eternity
Meter: iambic tetrameter, while the second and fourth lines are iambic trimeter.
Rhyme: ABCB rhyme scheme