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Live Living Life At first glance Emily Dickinsons poem 470 seems to be written by a depressed and apathetical person However upon further examination it is clear this is not the case Dickinsons consistent and constant use of the same forms of meter tone rhythm and sound brilliantly creates a level of security and stability in the poem which is destroyed in an effort to emphasize the instability and false security in accepted society Initially the poem seems to be a call from a very depressed author who guesses she is alive and dreams of her own funeral While reading the poem for the first time one immediately falls into the rhythm and flows with the poem The Iambic meter the meter and style of normal speech is easy to read and not very taxing on the brain lips or eyes This sets up a strong secure base which allows for quick reading of the poem an error that Dickinson wants the reader to make The swift flow of the words abruptly halts and resembles that of stop-and-go rush-hour traffic tripping the reader up and forcing changing the tone of the poem One must now reread the poem in order to understand why the author chose to destroy such a brilliant and completely iambic poem a feat not easily accomplished Upon second reading the poem takes on a much slower softer rhythm creating a somber tone A pause is discovered after each foot forcing the reader to reflect on what was just read No longer is the poem viewed as a cry for help as one now realizes a tone of sarcasm and disgust for gender roles and accepted society in general Emily Dickinson never married another sign of her absolute disgust for gender roles in society She restates this feeling again in this poem by stating that she is alive because she is still marked by Girlhoods name She repeatedly argues
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