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By utilizing vivid images and specific diction Emily Dickinson effectively portrays through her poetry the intense and confusing emotions that are evoked as a result of death In poem 1527 and poem 341 Dickinson addresses the inevitability of death and its permanence as well as expresses her personal lamentations towards those she has lost Such feelings of disbelief and incredulity pertaining to deaths permanence are apparent in Dickinsons poem 1527 She begins this poem by stating Oh give it Motion- deck it sweet With Artery and Vein393 The image portrayed through these opening lines seems to imply that Dickinson is viewing a person that is no longer alive By utilizing the word oh to begin her expression of yearning for the deceased to be brought back to life she successfully creates a dramatic and intense depiction of her despair At a funeral the deceased are typically dressed in their best attire and are often adorned with flowers Unique to this traditional embellishment Dickinson expresses her desire for the deceased to be adorned instead with artery and vein For it is with these elements that life is able to flourish as they provide a means of transportation for the blood to circulate throughout the body Further expanding upon this desire to have the deceased brought back to life Dickinson writes Upon fastened Lips lay words-Affiance it again Through her diction it is apparent that Dickinson longs to hear her subject of mourning speak Although she is aware that the lips will remain motionless and fastened shut she portrays her unequivocal desire to have the deceased defy the norms of death The word affiance which means to betroth or engage supports Dickinsons disbelieving state of mind She is finding it difficult to accept the permanence of death and is demanding from some unknown person or power to animate the deceased again with life Dickinsons confused lamentation continues as she states To
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