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Oftentimes Emily Dickinsons poetry can be convoluted and multifaceted leading many readers to dilute the true essence of her poems and misinterpret the meanings Since Dickinson was such a diverse poet this is a mistake that amateur readers tend to do Perhaps this is why there are so many critical and linguistic studies done on Dickinson and why there are many theories about her writing style Though many critics examine the thematic and semantic undertones of Emily Dickinsons poetry few dive deep into the message of this phenomenal poets meaning like Brita Lindberg-Seyersted Within her chapter The Private Poet she analyzes the poetic diction and usage of the linguistic system in Dickinsons work and creates a profoundly thorough analysis of the unusual dialect To briefly summarize the article discusses many interesting concepts about Emily Dickinsons poetry such as the use of a private diction created specifically by the poet In order to claim Dickinson has developed a unique and original diction the author incorporates many methods such as studying the new words and expressions used by the poet and evaluating those terms according to their roots The Private Poet creates a forum that scrutinizes specific words and their English roots to gain a more in-depth insight to the proper significance of what Dickinson truly meant Before one can analyze the use of private diction however one must establish a working meaning of privateness The author creates the definition of the invention of new words and expressions and of new forms andor functions of already established words p 109 With this done it is easier to highlight and recognize words coined by Dickinson The main purpose of Seyersteds chapter after all is to determine what linguistic principles and forums Dickinson is most inventive in Seyersted continuously points out private words such as optizan crucifixial omnifold and wakelessness The author also gives examples of how Dickinson created such unusual words The combination of nouns
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