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Introduction It comes as no surprise that the use and placement of words is incredibly important in the field of poetry Through the use of metaphors and the assigning of words so specific places we are presented with images and often provided with powerful messages as well With that in mind the following paper examines one of Emily Dickinsons poems My Life Had Stood-A Loaded Gun in relationship to its language My Life Had Stood-A Loaded Gun Dickinsonscapitalized line My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun begins the poem that is filled with elements of language Shoptaw One critic for example illustrates that In the past she had stood in the corner without a purpose Then a hunter found her knew her purpose since he was her Master and used her to express her purpose The gun can be seen as language the hunters shooting-- the expression of the gun--is creating poetry Emily Dickinson The doe which is a female deer is hunted and presumably killed just as women writers have to kill or suppress a part of themselves to write Hunting in the wood re-establishes a relationship with nature a frequent topic in Dickinsons poetry Emily Dickinson It also gives a sense of control the Woods are Sovereign Her words in essence stand as metaphors for many different things which is perhaps very obvious considering the title is clearly a powerful statement and use of words Another critic dissects Dickinsons poem and offers the following The loaded gun the volcanic face the emphatic thumb-bullet are instruments of death The poem tells of the release channeled but exuberant of pent-up aggression Emily Dickinson Lecture We look at some of the lines and see how they are metaphors for one thing or another She states My life had stood which illustrates potential that lies dormant and then offers the line a Loaded Gun I had within me all I needed for effective action and
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