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The Characteristics of Emily Dickinson's Poetry in I Felt a Funeral in My Brain, Soul Selects Her Own Society and Because I Could Not Stop For Death
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Dickinsons writing style and method similar to the manner in which she approaches subjects in her poetry are very distinct Dickinson was very methodical in her approach to writing poetry In further examination of Dickinsons poetry specific characteristics that can be found in the three poems I Felt a Funeral in my Brain Soul Selects her own Society and Because I could not Stop for Death like her distinct use of diction meter rhyme and the dash These figures of speech allowed her to create poems that were intimate universal and unique Diction is an important aspect of Dickinsons poetry and as was aforementioned she went through great lengths to ensure that she selected the precise word among a myriad of possible word choices that she might use for a single line However as a result of her constant practice of compiling a variety of words to use many of her poems have various implications as well as associations In her poem I felt a funeral in my Brain her diction is very important in creating a parallel scene between the funeral procession and the persons own procession to insanity Words like bell in the fourth stanza create the imagery of a bell tolling in the procession of a funeral march and help to relate the proceeding finality of the poem The use of I instead of we or another pronoun allows the writer to create an intimate first person portrayal of the struggle and subsequent suffering of the person in the poem Images of a funeral procession reappear in the work however it is her diction that ironically breathes life to these images of death Most of her imagery is chosen to describe the effect of a word upon him who hears it supports the contention that for her communication consisted in the transmitting or perceiving an immediate overpowering vision Her collective use of
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