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Throughout Emily Dickinsons life she had to withstand the feeling of being an outsider because she was not the typical woman of her time She was never married and the people in her town resented her for it Society had its own schemas or mental representations of how the world should be and Emily did not fit in with those schemas Much of her poetry therefore deals with the concept of suffering For example poem 378 959 discusses the suffering she has withstood and her need for delinquent palaces where she could fit into her ideal world and be a part of a group because society had discriminated against her Also in poem 240 579 hunger is the form of suffering that has to be withstood In poem 122 341 the first few lines give a sense of suffering due to societys beliefs and discriminations There are other poems that also deal with suffering I have selected poem 505 1452 because it deals with withstanding mental suffering Emily Dickinson was often in solitude and in her solitude she pondered the processes of the brain This poem is one that tries to explain her views on how the cognitive processes in the brain work She does this by explaining the way in which our brains do not use their full potential and how we only experience a fraction of lifes possibilities She shows that this creates unconscious intellectual suffering because our minds cannot be stimulated without challenges A closer examination of the poem indicates that there is a psychological factor brought into its meaning the fact that a human only uses a small fraction of the brain potential We only like to pay attention to what agrees with our schemas therefore we miss out on all of the other things that pass through our minds that we do not think are important Emily Dickinson tries to explain this in her poem In the first two lines
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