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Emily Dickinson

+and her influence on American literary heritage
Abby, cam, and reese

"They shut me up in Prose-As when a little GirlThey put me in the ClosetBecause they liked me "still"-Still! Could themselves haved peeped-And seen my Brain- go round- They might as wise have lodged a BirdFor Treason- in a Pound-

Emily Dickinson, 1862

emily dickinson

- Born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts and died there on May 15, 1886.- Well-behaved child with a talent for playing the piano. - Her life growing up greatly influenced her poems that largely revolve around death.

"Tell all the truth but tell it slant- Success in Circuit liesToo bright for our infirm Delight"

She used vivid imagery: - She uses imagery to compare truth to light.Her poems are written in a very unique style. - Many of her poems are untitled. - "The name- of it- is "Autumn'" - Her poems contained slant ryhme - "The Difference Between Despair"

Emily Dickinson introduced modernism to American Literature:

- Love stories- Complaints- Declarations- Riddles- BalladsExamples:- "' Why do I Love' You, Sir?"- "Hope is the Thing with Feathers"

Various Forms of Poetry:

Unexpected Themes:

- Nature- Immortality- Death- Self-IdentityExamples:- "A Bird Came Down the Walk"- "The Last Night that She Lived"

EmilyDickinson ignoredculturalexpectationsand standards:

- She encourages women to break free from the expectations constricting them in everyday life.

"I Dwell in Possibility"

"I'm Nobody! Who are you?"

- She ignores fame and defies the norm of women seeking praise and attention

Emily Dickinson ignored cultural expectations and gender norms:

- Emily Dickinson introduced modernism to American literature by using slant ryhme and vivid imagery.- Her poetry was unique for the time period. Many of her poems lacked a title and it contained themes that defied cultural norms and expectations.- Her poetry was also unique for the various forms she wrote it in including, love stories, complaints, declarations and riddles.


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