October 12, 2005

Part I Emily Dickinson

After reading Emily Dickinsons XX: "I taste a liquor never brewed," I have learned that this poet get literally drunk off of life. She is so enamored by what is around her that she takes it all in and drinks it until she is fulfilled. Dickinson wrote:
"Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue." (2nd stanza).

These four lines are textual evidence to support my claim. She loves everything about nature. From bees, to butterflies, to air, to dew, to the sun, Dickinson is a deep observer, and she takes everything that she sees, and completely reflects on it. To take nature, and to only put it in four stanzas about her experiences about getting drunk off it are baffling. She could have discussed so much more. Why didn't she? There are other aspects to nature that could be "consumed" by Dickinson, or any one of us. That is the only question that leaves me hanging. If you know why, enlighten me.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at October 12, 2005 09:09 AM

I chose the same lines and I said pretty much the same thing. She is just really high on life. Everything in nature is just really intoxicating to her.

Posted by: Stacy at October 13, 2005 12:55 AM


Yes, there are other parts of nature that she could be consumed with, but she focuses so much on death and desperation, I think she needs a little light-hearted fun once in awhile!!

Posted by: Meredith Harber at October 13, 2005 03:05 AM
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