September 26, 2004

A glimpse of Emily Dickinson

I must say that i am not a fam of poetry. I have never been intersted in it , thus making the task of performing poetry even more difficult. Despite my disinterest in poetry i selected two poems to present in class, by Emily Dickinson. There were so many to choose from, some which i did not understand.
I picked two which pertain to nature because somehow i think that poetry should be about nature? the first is "The wind begun to rock the grass", by Emily Dickinson. While reading this poem i could see the scene being described. I thought it was very intersting how Dickinson gave nature human characterstics. Also the way she used the word He to imply God. God and nature somehow are always related. I looked up a few words to clarify the meaning such as livid, which means angry and describeds the lightning. I also looked up the word quartering, used in this last line, " The waters wrecked the sky, but overlooked my father's house-- just quartering a tree-" I think this could be interpreted two different ways. Either the rain missed her fathers house and split the tree into four pieces? (far stretch i know!) or that her fathers house only has a tree which lives on his property.

The second poem which i chose is " A fuzzy fellow, without feet", by Emily Dickinson. I chose this poem because i thought it was cute , and also because it tells about the amazing process of a caterpillar going through the cycle of becoming a butterfly. She could be relating this to herself also, sometimes as humans we feel like we go through a phase untill we have reached our true beauty. One word which i wasnt sure how to even pronouce was yclept, which i never really heard before. It actually is a middle english word that means called, or to call out.

Overall reading the poetry wasnt too bad, but hopefully the presentations of them will be successful!

Posted by ErinManko at September 26, 2004 08:31 PM

Emily Dickinson, if I recall correctly, thought of church in a similar way as Emerson; however, Dickinson found God in nature and Emerson, within himself.

Their writings have a lot to say about the society of their age--the dogmas of their age really turned them off to established religion.

The same happens in every age, I suppose... Did you get a similar impression after reading her poetry and Emerson?

Posted by: Amanda at October 5, 2004 09:53 PM

Amanda I agree that both writers wrote significantly about God. I clearly picked out that Dickinson found God in nature, and after you pointed it out i realized that Emerson did find God within himself because he did not want to conform to societey , rather he did what HE thought. Why exactly do you think they were turned off to established religion? That's interesting considering now days, the majority of people do follow a structured religion. Could this deal with the fact that today we , as a society, conform to what others do and we dont follow whats truely in our hearts as individual people?

Posted by: Erin at October 10, 2004 07:56 PM
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