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Emily Dickinson a creative poet during the mid-nineteenth century wrote what manyconsider to be truly American poetry To understand why Dickinson is considered abrilliant writer of American poetry one must know about the time period in which shewrote her poetry Dickinson wrote during the era of American literature known as the Ageof Expansion Perkins 869 This was during the first half-century after the Civil War tothe First World War which was approximately 1865-1915 Perkins 869 During this timeperiod American literature went through many drastic changes American writersprogressively moved from romanticism to realism Perkins 870 Realism was a muchmore realistic interpretation of humanity and its destiny Perkins 870 This new approachaddressed a larger and more general audience than the writings of the Romantic eraPerkins 870 Although Dickinson is considered a writer from the Age of Expansion herstyle of writing combined elements from the Romantic and Realism eras Perkins 872Emily Dickinson was from the Amherst village which possessed a deeply rooted identityfrom Puritanical America Perkins 872 Dickinson wrote with such a style andcompassion that her poems are still among the most popular of all American poetry todayAll but a few of her poems were published after her death This is a great symbol ofAmerican Patriotism for the fact that she wrote from the heart and not for a paycheck Allof the elements combined were poured into everyone of her works and because of thisDickinson is a symbol of American poetry Throughout Emily Dickinsons poetry there are three main themes that sheaddresses death love and nature Another aspect of Emily Dickinsons work thatfascinates many critics is the importance and the impact of the word in her poetry InDonald E Thackreys essay The Communication of the Word he talks about how thepower of the individual word in particular seems to have inspired her with nothing lessthan reverence Thackrey 51 Dickinson approached her poetry inductively that is shecombined words to arrive at whatever conclusion the patterns of the words suggestedrather
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