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Emily Dickinsons What Soft- Cherubic Creatures- Emily Dickinsons poem What Soft- Cherubic Creatures- is a poem that deals with the universal concept of hypocrisy that is to say one tends to show one face to the world which is merely a faade to hide the inner passions one has towards the outer world Though Dickinson does not come right out and blatantly accuse us for being hypocrites it is the diction and literary style in this poem that she employs that extenuates her ideas What Soft- Cherubic Creatures- These Gentlewomen are- One would as soon assault a Plush- Or violate a Star 1-4 My interpretation of the preceding quatrain is that the soft cherubic characters is in reference to those of us whom expel to the people around us some divine and angelic behavior all the while hiding their true desires within Theyre inner feelings such as those expressed in One would soon as assault a Plush- Or violate a Star 3-4 is part of the intangible nature of the objects with which the hypocrites are unable to show their true feelings towards They exhibit restrain and the utmost respect to the objects of societies affection yet all the while their inner passions are focussed in the opposite direction and when and if the opportunity may arise they would succumb to their inner desires Hypocrisy is a horror for the human race for it makes everyone weary of the true feelings one has towards someone or some belief Such Dimity Convictions- A Horror so refined- Of freckled Human Nature- Of Deity- ashamed- 5-8 The second quatrain depicts the nature of nature of hypocrisy as a freckle on the face of humanity In this quatrain Dickinson incorporates great diction that formulates into great imagery and allows greater understanding for the reader Dickinsons universal theme of hypocrisy is characterized as
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