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While much of Emily Dickinsons poetry has been described as sad or morose the poetess did use humor and irony in many of her poems This essay will address the humor and or irony found in five of Dickinsons poems Faith is a Fine Invention Im Nobody Who are you Some keep the Sabbath Going to Church and Success Is Counted Sweetest The attempt will be made to show how Dickinson used humor and or irony for the dual purposes of comic relief and to stress an idea or conclusion about her life and environment expressed by the poetess in the respective poem The most humorous or ironic are some of the shorter poems such as the four lined stanzas of Faith is a Fine Invention and Success Is Counted Sweetest In Faith Dickinson presents a witty and biting satirical look at Faith and its limitations While it still amuses readers today it must be mentioned that this short poem would have had a greater impact and seriousness to an audience from the period Dickinson lived in Dickinson was raised in a strict Calvinist household and received most of her education in her youth at a boarding school that also followed the American Puritanical tradition she was raised in In this short witty piece Dickinson addresses two of the main obsessions of her generation The pursuit of empirical knowledge through science faith in an all-knowing all-powerful Christian god and the debate on which was the more powerful belief In this poem Dickinson uses humor to ease her position in the debate on to the reader Dickinson uses her ability to write humourously and ironically as seen in her suggestion of the use of microscopes to present a firm controversial opinion into what could be dismissed as an irreverent inconsequential piece of writing In Success Dickinsons emphasis is less on humor and more on expressing irony This poem may be partially auto-biographical in nature Dickinson
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