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My understanding of Emily Dickinson Nanshifeng Astract Why Emily Dickinon is regarded as one of the greatest American poets after her death One of the most important reasons is that she created her own unique verse form which makes a departure from the traditional poetry of her period and it seems she doesnt fit to any particular group but to herself Key words technique particularity formality imagery and figurative language Although Emily Dickinson was a poet in the Romantic period her poems are so informal and personal which makes her poems posses a unique style and artistic charming the use of short words capitalization unusual pause and the techniques of off-rhymes all contribute to the particularity of her poems Here Id like to talk a bit about the techniques used in her poetry from two aspects Formality and language Lets start from the technique used in her verse form 1Stanza form The most important source of Emily Dickinsons verse form is the hymnal Being greatly influenced by Christian she liked to read Bible and listened to church hymns from which she took her meters with the rhyme scheme of either abcb or abab For example success is written in iambic with a rhyme scheme of abcb Success is counted sweetest By these who ener succeed To comprehend a nectar Require sorest need Here sweetest succeed nectar and need are rhymed in abcb 2rhyme Dickinson was famous for using off rhyme or we call near rhyme The term off-rhyme means that rhyme word dont really rhyme with each other it is only a close rhyme with which Emily tried to avoid dullness For example using identical rhyme sane insane sparingly eye rhyme though through vowel rhymes see buy imperfect rhymes time thin and suspended rhyme thing along 3Pause The particularity of Dickinsons poem also lies in the original use of dash She repeatedly uses the dash in order to pursue freshness and dramatic effect
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