Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her maternal grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, was said to have founded Amherst College. Emily attended Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary where she was an excellent student despite her absence due to depression and sickness. She loved to write poetry but found it hard to write it with no audience so she contacted a friend about working in publications. Throughout Dickinson's life, her best friend and mentor was Susan Gilbert. Besides her very vigorous poetry writing lifestyle, Dickinson enjoyed being in nature and doing religious activities but for the majority of her lifetime she was a home body.
Below are two of the many poems written by Emily Dickinson. I chose these two because I enjoy the Sunset so I thought it would be interesting considering the title is "I'll tell you how the Sun Rose" and considering the title to the second one is "I'm nobody, who are you" it seems as if Emily is sharing her insecurities by feeling invisible or a nobody, it intrigued me.
I'll tell you how the Sun rose: by Emily Dickinson
I'll tell you how the Sun rose --
A Ribbon at a time --
The Steeples swam in Amethyst --
The news, like Squirrels, ran --
The Hills untied their Bonnets --
The Bobolinks -- begun --
Then I said softly to myself --
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set -- I know not --
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while --
Till when they reached the other side,
A Dominie in Gray --
Put gently up the evening Bars --
And led the flock away --
This poem is a sequence of iambic tetrameters followed by iambic trimeters. The rhythm of the poem is a common meter of U/, U/, U/
The theme of this poem is nature's mysteries through the rising and setting of the sun. This could be connected to "A dream within a dream" because of the mysterious feel to it. In the poem "A Dream Within A Dream" the sand can go freely as it pleases by washing up on shore just as the sun can rise and set as it pleases. Neither are on anyone's time watches.
American Romanticism is shown in this poem through the idea of nature and imagination.
Realism is shown in this poem through the idea of writing what is seen, the sun rising and setting and how it is done, what feelings come out of it. The sun was "a slice of life."
I'm Nobody Who Are You by: Emily Dickinson.
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 day
To an admiring bog!
This poem is also a sequence of iambic trimeters and tetrameters. The rhythm of the poem is still a common meter of U/, U/, U/
The theme of "I'm nobody who are you" is isolation because Emily feels as if she is isolated from the public.
American Romanticism is shown in this poem by expressing the idea of individualism and feelings. Feelings of being an outcast.
Realism is shown in this poem by writing what she sees and how she feels. She see's someone else who is "a nobody" and she feels as if she is one too which means they stand together now.