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B The riddle we can guess We speedily despise - Not anything is stale so long as yesterdays surprise - How important is the idea of riddling in Emily Dickinsons poetry Cover a range of poems in your answer and discuss at least four of them in close detail During the late nineteenth century Emily Dickinson 1830 - 1886 featured as one of the few female poets in the largely male-dominated sphere of American literature Although she authored 1800 poems only seven were published during her lifetime - why Emily Dickinson has always provoked debate over her life her motivations for the words she wrote and the interpretations of those words It can be argued that Emily Dickinson herself was as ambiguous as misunderstood and as elusive as her poetry As a outlet for relentless examination of every aspect of her mind and faith her poems are both expository and puzzling Her conclusions are often cryptically implicit and largely dependant on the readers ability to put together the pieces - to see the connections and implications Amy Lowell said She was the mistress of suggestionand to a lesser degree irony The ruses and riddles in her poems came from her and as such she too was a riddle The riddle was important to Emily Dickinson for several reasons She wished to reason with her own feelings despite her contradictory beliefs - she wished to be one who distils amazing sense from ordinary meanings 448 For her life nature and faith were all riddles in themselves None of these three come with all the answers although clues are given - her poems both deal with and mirror this phenomenon And through a riddle at the last - sagacity must go - 501 In these lines Dickinson doubts the sense of religious claims about life death and life after death Her cryptic language thus became part of her
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