Emily Dickinson

Essay by chuckdiddyUniversity, Bachelor's May 2004

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The writer that I chose is Emily Dickinson. The first poem that I chose from her was "I'm "Wife"--I've finished that--". I am comparing this poem to, "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!. I will be discussing the similarity in writing between the two, each who have a different theme. I have considered the line breaks throughout the poem, stanza breaks, rhyming, repetition, line lengths, sound systems, settings, structures, and the use of figurative language.

The themes of these poems are different in writing but seem to have similar meanings. In the first poem, "I'm "Wife"--I've finished that--", she seems to be finding her self as a woman. She was always alone, with thoughts that she kept to her self. Now she is with someone, "I'm "Wife'--I've finished that--". She says "this being comfort", she feels comfort with this new person, maybe seeing this person like a husband. Realizing it was pain she felt before she had this.

This is why she said, "That other kind--was pain--".

In the second poem, "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!", She seemed to have found her self with a man in an intense sexual experience. She has never felt this before, never having a man in her life that can have such an impact, sexually. Bringing out emotions she never thought she could have. "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!". Writing with excitement, like a young girl writing in her journal, about kissing a boy for the first time.

The writing form of these two poems is very similar. Dickinson likes to use line breaks in many of her poems. In these two particular poems she does it in a very similar way. In "I'm "wife"--I've finished that--". She uses line breaks at the end of seven of the twelve lines, also uses them in the...