Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

The Concept of Death in the Literary works of Emily Dickinson College

In contemporary America, Emily Dickinson is considered among the most meritorious, preeminent, and superlative poets, particularly with regards to American sentimentalism and Romanticism as depicted by her rather compelling and fecund body of work under her sleeves. She employs an artistic and studious approach, emphasizing emotion, independence as well as distinctive imagination in her works. Her poems revolve around binate themes and motifs, usually, oppositions spanning around body and soul, life and death, eternity, and immediacy, among others. She employs a rather stoic approach to explaining experiences as an eye-witness who is occasionally schlepped to mystical or spiritual states, from which she later describes her experiences or rather the experiences of the persona. In this analysis of Emily Dickinson’s obsession with the subtle subject of death, three of her poems are incorporated: “Let down the bars, o Death!”, “Death sets a thing significant…” and lastly, “Death is a dialogue…” which succinctly denotes the objective of this analysis— to explicitly examine and explore the concept of death as manifested in the selected literary works.

In the romanticism archetype, poet Emily Dickinson sets the bar high with anecdotal...

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