EMILY DICKINSON
 


 

liquor never brewed

 

 

 

 

 

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I felt a funeral in my brain - by Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Symbolism in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
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This 5 page report discusses symbolism in the poetry of Emily Dickinson. In many of her poems, Dickinson celebrated her role as a transmitter of spiritual mysteries, intertwining faith and art. A very real aspect of the most transcendent of poetry is the elegant use of symbolism in a way that connects or inspires the reader. Dickinson provides literally hundreds of examples of that transcendence. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Dickinson’s A Spider Sowed At Night and Whitman’s Noiseless Patient Spider
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A great many differences are seen when comparing the life experiences between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. This 3 page paper argues that The style of A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman and A Spider Sewed At Night by Emily Dickinson is different, however, both poems can be categorized as 'nature' poems through the inclusion of the spider as metaphor for the soul. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Death and Emily Dickinson
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A five page paper looking at Emily Dickinson’s view of death as expressed in such poems as “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died,” and “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers.” The paper concludes that Dickinson feels that while one should not fear death, one should also make the most of life, for it doesn’t get better than this. Bibliography lists four sources.
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The Theme of Death and the Afterlife in Milton and Dickinson
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This 10 page paper considers the theme of death as it is presented both by John Milton and Emily Dickinson, with a concentration on the way in which specific characters appear to lead others into the afterlife. This paper assesses the perspectives of both authors as presented in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Emily Dickinson’s poem 712, “Because I could not stop for Death...” Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Comparing Dickinson And Whitman
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Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman were contemporaries in time and space but worlds apart in experience. This 5 page paper argues that the poems, A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman and A Spider Sewed At Night by Emily Dickinson are both nature poems that employ allusion and repetition to compare the spider with the soul of the writer. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's Views On Death
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Many of Emily Dickinson's 1775 poems deal with her beliefs concerning the process of death, the rituals surrounding death and the question of immortality. This 6 page paper focuses on three of her poems: 'After Great Pain A Formal Feeling Comes', 'Because I Could Not Stop For Death' and 'I felt A Funeral In My Brain', where it can be seen that Ms. Dickinson did indeed believe in an afterlife and viewed death from the vantage point that it should be faced and celebrated with a sense of dignity. Her outlook toward organized religion and the rituals accompanying death was skeptical, if not cynical. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Emily Dickinson/ "I heard a Fly buzz…"
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A 5 page analysis of Dickinson's poem "I heard a Fly buzz—when I died." The writer particularly examines the way figures of speech are employed by Dickinson. No additional sources cited.
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Blake & Dickinson / The 'Nature' of God
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A 5 page paper analyzing the attitudes of William Blake and Emily Dickinson toward God as manifested in their poetry. The paper concludes that Blake's and Dickinson's theology ultimately derives from the observation of Nature and its processes, and both poets see reflected in the impersonality of Nature the impersonality of God. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Death and Emily Dickinson
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A five page paper looking at Emily Dickinson’s view of death as expressed in such poems as “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died,” and “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers.” The paper concludes that Dickinson feels that while one should not fear death, one should also make the most of life, for it doesn’t get better than this. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'The Soul Selects Her Own Society'
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A 5 page explication of this poem by Emily Dickinson. The writer details the metaphors of the poem, its form and rhyme scheme, and critical views of its relationship to Dickinson's own life. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Sheltered From the Storm - The Lonely Life of Emily Dickinson as Reflected in Her Poetry
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A 5 page paper that examines the life of Emily Dickinson, the many contradictions that this life presented, and the resulting loneliness of this life that is reflected in her poetry. This paper includes a short synopsis of Dickinson's childhood as well as an examination of those few individuals who impacted her life, plus a discussion of the influence these events and individuals bore on both her life and works. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's Positive View Of Death
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A 9 page paper analyzing the aspects of Dickinson's thought which may have contributed to her unusually realistic and healthy view of death. Five of Dickinson's poems are discussed in considerable depth. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'As Imperceptibly As Grief'
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A 3 page paper examining Emily Dickinson's poem. This paper looks at how Dickinson is able to use the cycles of the seasons to indicate the likelihood of the ongoing nature of man's consciousness as well. It examines in particular her word choices and development of theme. No additional sources cited.
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Emily Dickinson's 'As Imperceptibly As Grief' # 2
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A 3 page explication of Dickinson's poem. This paper notes that Dickinson's style strongly reflects the rhythms of the Protestant hymns she heard each Sunday in church. It also shows how she uses her unique ability to look closely at nature and the natural world to illustrate her reflections on the invisible and ineffable -- in short, how she uses nature to prove her articles of faith. No additional sources cited.
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Emily Dickinson's 'I Send Two Sunsets'
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A 4 page explication and analysis of Emily Dickinson's poem 'I Send Two Sunsets.' The paper demonstrates how through a comparison of the creation of a poem to the creation of a sunset, Dickinson creates a radical analogy of a human being's creative process with God's. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed...'
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4 page explication and analysis of Emily Dickinson's 'I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed,' in which the writer attempts to explain Dickinson's purpose, meaning, use of metaphors, and so forth. This detailed analysis literally 'gets to the heart' of the poem. No Bibliography.
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Emily Dickinson – A Look at Some of her Works
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5 pages in length. Examines a group of poems by Emily Dickinson and focuses on her love of nature and her ability to make us smile with some of her metaphor.
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Emily Dickinson: After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes
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Poetry is defined, in part, as "that form of communication in which words are never simple equivalents of experience or perception. This 5 page paper argues that the poem, After Great Pain A Formal Feeling Comes, by Emily Dickinson, brings the reader to a place where the imaging and artful use of language provide a foundation for personal thought and insight concerning death and the process of death. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Dickinson's "My Life Had Stood" (754)
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Emily Dickinson was an enigma of time and place. This 5 page paper explores the poem, My Life Had Stood - A Loaded Gun in terms of structure, imagery, form rhythm , meter, tone and theme. No additional sources are listed.
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Emily Dickinson the Recluse
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A 5 page paper looking at the way Emily Dickinson’s reclusive lifestyle affected her poetry. Poems discussed include in “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died,” , “Further in Summer Than the Birds,” and “I Send Two Sunsets”. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'A Bird Came Down the Walk'
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This 5 page paper discusses the Dickinson poem 'A Bird Came Down The Walk' and the poet's use of tone, imagery, and figurative language. No additional sources cited.
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Loneliness and Alienation in William Shakespeare's Play, "Hamlet" and in Emily Dickinson's Poem, "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain" (#280)
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A 6 page paper which examines the relevance of loneliness and alienation in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet" and Emily Dickinson's poem, "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain" (#280) in terms of man's situation in the contemporary world, specifically considering theme, incident, character, symbolism and atmosphere.
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Emily Dickinson's Relationship to Nature, As Described in Poems 62, 288, 425, 579 and 601
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A 5 page paper which examines Emily Dickinson's relationship to nature by analyzing her poems, "Before I got my eye put out" (#62), "I'm nobody! Who are you? (#288), "Good Morning -- Midnight" (#425), "I had been hungry" (#579), and "A still-Volcano Life" (#601). Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Psychological Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s Poem, “My Life Had Stood -- A Loaded Gun” (1863)
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A 6 page paper which analyzes the Emily Dickinson poem, “My Life Had Stood -- A Loaded Gun” (1863), from a psychological perspective, specifically considering repressed anger about sexuality and gender roles, which reinforce inequality. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Transcendentalist Roots In Whitman & Dickinson
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A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the ways in which Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson exhibited the influence of Emerson and Thoreau's Transcendentalism. The ideas expressed are supported by quotes from the literary works mentioned and several critical sources. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Methodology of Poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost & Their Views on Death
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A 5 page paper which examines the literary methodology of poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, comparing and contrasting their writing styles, and considers whether or not their views on death are similar or different. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'Apparently With No Surprise'
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A 1 page essay on theme, imagery, and symbolic expression in this work by Dickinson. The writer also evaluates her technique and use of allusion. No Bibliography.
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Success in Two Poems of Robinson and Dickinson
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A 6 page essay analyzing a poem by Emily Dickinson, namely 'Success is Counted Sweetest,' and a poem by Edwin Robinson, named 'Richard Cory.' It gives an overview of what constitutes success and what each writer constitutes as success. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Emily Dickinson / Life & Works
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A 10 page paper discussing the life and works of this poet. Dickinson's favorite themes and reclusive lifestyle are analyzed with relevance to one another. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Emily Dickinson As A Transcendentalist
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A 6 page paper analyzing whether the famous nineteenth-century poet can actually be considered a transcendentalist. Looking at evidence presented in several of her poems, the writer argues that Dickinson would like to have been such, but many of her fears and obsessions rose from her Calvinist background. The paper uses five of her poems -- 'These are the days when birds come back', 'I heard a fly buzz when I died', 'Because I could not stop for death,' 'Further in summer than the birds', and 'Tell all the truth but tell it slant' to support its thesis. No critical sources are cited.
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The Relationship between Poet, Body, Soul, and Nature in Dickinson and Yeats
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This 5 page report discusses two poems, Emily Dickinson’s “632” and William Butler Yeats “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” In each of the poets’ works, the reader sees that the question that they address is one in which peace is sought after as the only emotion truly worth pursuing, regardless of the processes one must go through to reach that place of peace. Each layer of the two poems show that the authors understand that their connection with the natural world is both elemental and vast. No bibliography.
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Emily Dickinson & The Utter Pain Of Blank In Her Poetry
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A 5 page paper comparing two poems by Emily Dickinson -- 'Pain has an Element of Blank', and 'There is a pain so utter.' The writer concludes that one poem attempts to describe pain in terms of metaphors, while the other attempts to replicate the 'blankness' of true pain. No additional sources cited.
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Religious Aspects of Emily Dickinson's Poetry
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A 10 page paper which analyzes the religious aspects of Emily Dickinson's poetry, despite her professed religious ambivalence. Bibliography lists 14 sources.
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Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s Poem, “My Life Had Stood -- A Loaded Gun” (1863)
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A 5 page paper which analyzes the Emily Dickinson poem, “My Life Had Stood -- A Loaded Gun” (1863) in terms of its symbolism of master (man) vs. slave (woman) in a destructive marital relationship.
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Emily Dickinson’s Life, As Defined Through Her Poetry
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A 5 page paper which examines how Emily Dickinson defined her life through her art of poetry, including identification of common themes, with examples from her poems, and also a consideration of how her Puritan background influenced her writing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'Because I Could Not Stop For Death..'
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An insightful 3 page analysis of Dickinson's poem in which the writer describes theme, message, personification and so forth. No Bibliography.
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Success in Two Poems of Robinson and Dickinson
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A 6 page essay analyzing a poem by Emily Dickinson, namely 'Success is Counted Sweetest,' and a poem by Edwin Robinson, named 'Richard Cory.' It gives an overview of what constitutes success and what each writer constitutes as success. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Robdick.wps,
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Poetry As Crisis / A Study In Plath And Dickinson
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A 6 page paper comparing these two poets in terms of the assertion that Poetry is the language of a state of crisis. Specific poems discussed are Emily Dickinson's 'My Life Had Stood -- A Loaded Gun' and Sylvia Plath's 'Lady Lazarus.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Emily Dickinson: In Life And Love
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There are more than a few riddles living within the literary world, perhaps none as compelling as the story of the recluse spinster poet: Emily Dickinson. Her poems and letters span the chasm between physical and religious passion while giving rise to a plethora of questions as to the life and loves that permeated her reality. This 5 page paper argues that the two 'passions' (physical and spiritual) in Emily Dickinson's life were the primary motivation for the way in which she lived that life. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's 'Love's Done'
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A four page paper discussing the biographical clues in Emily Dickinson's unusually obscure poem 'Love's Done When Love's Begun.' The paper concludes that she used legal terminology undoubtedly picked up from her lawyer-father in order to express her frustration in love. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Rossetti's "Up Hill," Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" And Whitman's "Darest Thou Now O Soul": Meaning Of Death
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7 pages in length. The symbolic nature of life's path toward mortality is made crystal clear in Christina Rossetti's Up Hill, Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop For Death and Walt Whitman's Darest Thou Now O Soul. On the surface, it might appear to the reader as though the authors are speaking of a simple journey that one has taken; yet upon closer inspection, it becomes more and more evident that the journey is that which leads beyond this life. The reason why the student has chosen these particular poems is because they do not represent death in the typical morbid manner. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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A Clock Stopped
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A 5 page paper which analyzes the poem A Clock Stopped by Emily Dickinson. The analysis addresses Dickinson's feelings and attitudes about time. No additional sources cited.
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Dickinson, Wheatley & Bradstreet / Impacts of Feminist Perspectives in Poetry
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A 3 page paper that provides a brief overview of the elements of the poetry of these three women poets and their impact in terms of feminism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Emily Dickinson
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A six page paper looking at this nineteenth-century poet in terms of her life and works. The paper includes a short biography, an assessment of her unique contributions to American literature, and an analysis of one of her poems, "As Imperceptibly as Grief." Bibliography lists three sources.
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Death and Nature in the Poems of Emily Dickinson
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A five page paper looking at a number of different poems by this seminal nineteenth-century American poet, in the light of her views about death and its role in the circle of life. Particular poems mentioned are: “Because I could not stop for Death,” “I felt a Funeral in my Brain,” “I never felt at Home -- Below,” “Some keep the Sabbath going to Church”, and “’Twas just this time, last year, I died.” Bibliography lists five sources.
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Poetry: Dickinson And Plath
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6 pages in length. Poetry has long been a much-appreciated art form, in that it allows an individual to express a collage of innermost feelings. It has thrived throughout the centuries, entertaining the likes of kings and rulers, peasants and the general populace. As such, it is curious to think that people should wonder why poetry is such an integral part of human expression. Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson understood the motivational factors that poetry innately possesses, inasmuch as each poet directed her distinct style toward that which influenced her most. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters": Lesbian Theory
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5 pages in length. The writer speculates as to who the individual was in Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," paying particular attention to the lesbian theory. Bibliography lists 15 sources.
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Emily Dickinson's Views of Death
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A 6 page research paper that examines Emily Dickinson's "death" poetry, specifically concentrating on "Because I Could Not Stop for Death." The writer offers several critical responses to this poem before offering a personal interpretation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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“The Poems of Emily Dickinson”
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A seven page paper which looks at the life of Emily Dickinson, the reasons for her poetry being published posthumously, and the ways in which her poetry reflects her lifestyle and her attitudes. Bibliography lists 5 sources
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Four Literature Questions
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5 pages in length. This very interesting paper considers questions regarding several literary greats including Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Frederick Douglas. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Early 19th Century Poetry and the Theme of Death
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This 5 page paper provides an overview of a number of works of 19th century poetry with a focus on the theme of death. This paper considers the works of William Bryant, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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On Friendship
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A 5 page essay that addresses the topic of true friendship. Using examples from Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and C.S. Lewis, the writer argues that friendship is the noblest of human attachments. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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What Is Poetry ?
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4 page paper that describes the essence and development of poetry. This paper presents considerations in regards to poetic themes, styles, and similar development that is present in this vastly diverse literary format. The writer stresses the concise nature of poetic structures and presents two poets, Emily Dickinson and Ogden Nash, as examples of individuals who both successfully display ‘poetic brevity.' Bibliography lists several sources.
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4 short essays on various literary questions
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A 5 page research paper that offers 4 separate one-page essays that address various literary questions. Works addressed are Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Chekhov's play "The Cherry Orchard," Moliere's play "Tartuffe," and three poems by Emily Dickinson. Bibliography lists 6 sources (divided according to topic).
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Evolution of Children's Literature From Fantasy to Postmodern
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An 8 page paper which examines how children's literature has evolved, with a gradual balance between psychological and imaginative contents to everyday situations and materialism. Specifically considered will be early fantasy literature, in the form of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;" the later fantasy of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising," Penelope Farmer's "Charlotte Sometimes;" the modernist narrative of Peter Dickinson's "Bone From a Dry Sea," Sue Gough's "Wyrd," and the postmodernist narrative of Francesca Lia Block's "Weetzie Bat," and Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Bibliography lists 20 sources.
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How the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman Look Toward the Twentieth Century
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A 5 page paper which examines how their works not only envisioned the next century, but how their poetry contributed to the writings of other twentieth-century poets. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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On Emily Dickinson and “Life After Great Pain”
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This 11-page analytical essay is an in-depth probe of the inner dimensions of a number of Dickinson’s poems. In addition, it also explores the self-imposed isolation that some say evidences her thematic focus and literary idiosyncrasies. Her love of solitude has been attributed to the pathology of neurosis by some scholars, and romanticized, over dramatized or idealized by others. Nonetheless, this prolific writer left us all a resplendent legacy. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Themes In Dickinson's Poetry
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It may be argued that the two 'passions' (physical and spiritual) in Emily Dickinson's life were the primary motivation for the way in which she lived that life. This 10 page paper notes that the themes upon which her poetry dwells includes love, separation, death, pain, faith, religion, science and the soul. She is often ambiguous concerning how she looks upon the world and interprets it in terms of her religious beliefs. No additional sources are listed
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Review of Richard B. Sewall’s Biography, “The Life of Emily Dickinson”
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A 5 page paper which examines what many consider to be the definitive account of America’s most popular female poet. No additional sources are used.
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Analysis of Nature in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
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A 5 page paper which examines how nature is portrayed in “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” (#303), “After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes,” (#341), “This is My Letter to the World” (#441), “I Had Been Hungry” (#579), and “They Shut Me Up in Prose” (#613). No additional sources are used.
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Religious Thinking of Emily Dickinson
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This 5 page report discusses the religious nature and the fundamental spirituality of poet Emily Dickinson. Literary critics have never been able to reach a consensus regarding Dickinson's religious beliefs, her spirituality, or her use of symbolism in her work. Apparently in the spirit of inclusiveness, one critic noted that her writings showed the poet could be represented as being a Christian, heretic, skeptic and agnostic Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Emily Dickinson’s “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass”
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This 5 page report discusses Emily Dickinson's “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass,” originally published in 1866 as “The Snake.” “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” is a piece of poetry that is effective and “works” on a number of levels -- visual, audio, psychological, and even visceral. As a result it offers a measure of insight into the psychology of both the poet and the reader. In it, she describes a snake by using various techniques without once naming the actual subject of the poem. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Evolution of American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Romantic Period
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This 5 page paper traces the development of American literature from the religious and puritan themes of colonial sermons to the political writings of the revolutionary years and into the mature use of fiction to reflect reality rather then recreate it in the romantic period. Authors discussed in the paper include John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. The bibliography cites 8 sources.
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Poetic Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s Poem #712, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”
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A 5 page explication which identifies the poem’s basic theme and purpose, as well as considers how the significant poetic elements of imagery, structure, language, and meaning contribute to its understanding. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Emily Dickinson’s Death Poetry
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A 6 page paper which considers how death has many meanings to the poet, as represented in the distinctive classes of poetry. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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The Theme of Death and the Afterlife in Milton and Dickinson
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This 10 page paper considers the theme of death as it is presented both by John Milton and Emily Dickinson, with a concentration on the way in which specific characters appear to lead others into the afterlife. this essay assesses the perspectives of both authors as presented in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Emily Dickinson’s poem 712, “Because I could not stop for Death...” Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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