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  • Emily Dickinson a la Shmoop: The Belle of Amherst Strikes Again.

  • Emily Dickinson was an eccentric New England spinster who rarely left her house.

  • Amazing what you can get done when you don't go anywhere or do anything.

  • Emily managed to crank out over 1,700 poems in her relatively short lifetime.

  • These weren't some sappy, sing-song poems about some guy that got away. . .

  • . . .these were soul-searching ditties about stuff like death and immortality.

  • So, why was this prim and proper recluse. . .

  • . . .so obsessed with the Grim Reaper? It might have had something to do with how

  • often someone she cared about bit the dust.

  • She lost two close friends. . .

  • . . .and a cousin before she turned 21. . .

  • . . .and many more people who were very close to her...

  • Surrounded by so much death, it's no wonder why it was her main source of inspiration.

  • Or maybe it was more about shaking things up.

  • Since Emily was living in the 19th Century in stuffy New England...

  • ...maybe she wanted to rattle some cages. . .

  • . . . and show people that women weren't just fragile creatures. . .

  • . . .who could only write about hearts and flowers.

  • Her poems sure didn't look like anyone else's. . .

  • . . .with all that random capitalization and funky punctuation. . .

  • . . .so maybe her subject matter. . .

  • . . .was just another way to keep people on their toes.

  • Or maybe she was simply depressed. Being a hermit who shied away from social

  • situations. . .

  • . . .we said hermit. . .

  • . . .could be a major reason Emily caved in to her dark thoughts.

  • And if you add in the fact that she was taking care of her nasty, sick mother. . .

  • . . .well, you do the math.

  • So why was death so prominent in Emily Dickenson's work?

  • Was it a response to all the deaths in her life....

  • Or a desire to shock people...

  • Or could it have been a case of severe depression? Shmoop amongst yourselves.

Emily Dickinson a la Shmoop: The Belle of Amherst Strikes Again.

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    Chao Rita に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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