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Saying Goodbye Upon a first reading of Emily Dickinsons poems I found them very difficult to understand due to her unique style of writing Once I was able to comprehend the general theme of her poems they became clearer with profound meaning Dickinsons writing style leaving words absent and not completing sentences allows the reader to fill in the gaps through reflection of their own life and experiences Dickinson writes from experiences that have occurred in and around her life her writing technique requires the reader to delve deep into their soul to apply the meaning that will bring a feeling of peace and understanding Poem 508 speaks to the heart of every woman who has endured the bittersweet challenges of entering adulthood Dickinson employs a female speaker to describe the emotions a woman faces leaving her childhood behind to enter adulthood and deciding whether to marry There is sadness and resignation in the tone of the speaker Aware she cannot remain under the security of her parents forever she must decide to marry or become a spinster Having limited opportunities as a woman in the nineteenth century she is aware her most sensible choice is to marry In the first stanza the speakers sadness is evident when she states Im ceded- Ive stopped being Theirs- 1 implying that being given up to marriage she is losing her identity she obtained through her parents In order to become betrothed she must exchange her family name for her husbands name thus severing the bond she shares with her parents The second stanza continues the sad tone as the speaker laminates And They can put it with my Dolls My Childhood and the string of spools Ive finished threading-too- 5-7 Her sadness at this point is the result of leaving all of her childhood dreams and trifles behind and giving up her
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