American Lit, Block 2-P
26 January 2013
“I abide by the honor code” __________
Emily Dickinson Essay
During the 1800s, one of America greatest poets wrote numerous poems, such as “The brain is wider than the sky” and “Because I could not stop for death.” Keep in mind that no matter how the great the person is, nobody is perfect, therefore, Dickinson had some problems while writings her works. Those problems were her obsession with death, view of God, and overall, her mind. Dickinson had an unusual and morbid obsession with the meaning and existence of something called death. However, unlike a normal person, she did not fear death; she accepted it but did not actively seek it. Dickinson was also different from some other people because during the 1800s, she believed in God but was emotionally and physically detached and thought that God played no role in the life of mankind. Finally, Dickinson’s imagination was unceasingly limitless, powerfully creative but it was unknowing which might create some problems in her works.
It was extremely clear that Emily Dickinson had an awkward and rather disturbing obsession with death, however she did not seem to hate it or love it, rather, she just accepted it. Dickinson accepted death because of her fearless altitude and her past emotional experience of death. In the poem, “My life closed twice before it close,” Dickinson had already saw death in action, not once but twice and if she lived longer, she could experience a third event where death came again. “My life closed twice before its close; it yet remains to see, if Immortality unveils, a third event to Me.” Although Dickinson could accept death, she didn’t go around looking for death at every corners, no, she made it clear that even though she was very intrigued by death, she was not actively searching for it like a suicidal person. In the poem, “Because I could stop for death,” Dickinson was saying that when she was right next to death, on...