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The Manipulation of Space The environment around Dickinson sometimes portrays her sense of self Her lifetime spent in her familys household has created a dynamic for Dickinson where space plays a major role in her poetry Space represents a major part of her self and how she functions with the lack of physical mental and emotional space Emily Dickinson through most of her poetry exhibits a sort of agoraphobia or fear of spaces This fear was probably the result of her lifetime of confinement at home and her lack of freedom and space needed Dickinsons poem The soul has bandaged moments and I was the slightest in the house both represent space in different unique ways One discusses the possibility of space as being a confinement of intellectual ecstasy and the other a representation of her space as a small and ignored position In addition these portray how Dickinson always felt ignored and underrepresented The soul has bandaged moments and I was the smallest in the house both represent Dickinsons awareness of the space around her and how it confines her intellectually and physically these poems show how Dickinson worked with the notion of space as a transcendatory aspect where when she manipulated space it sometimes alleviated her from confinement The first poem The soul has bandaged moments discusses a sensory out of body experience Dickinson uses the soul as a metaphor for herself and how she similarly has moments of ecstasy and escape The soul has bandaged moments is an example of how Dickinson needs escape from confinement whether the confinement is physical or intellectual The following lines discuss the souls escape and how it is free dancing and ecstatic while in escape These escaped moments may relate to Dickinsons childhood and her attempt to psychologically separate herself from her mother As a teenager Emily Dickinson identified with her mother but as an adult she needed to disengage herself psychologically from herPollak
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