Emily Dickinson's Common Themes and Subject Matters
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Three Major Works from Dickinson
-describes hope as a bird that perches in the soul. The poem is a simple metaphorical description of hope derived from Psalms and religious hymns. Dickinson introduces her metaphor in the first two lines then develops it throughout the poem by telling what the bird does, how it reacts to hardship, and where this bird can be found.
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2. Success is Counted Sweetest- written in 1859 and anonymously published in 1864
-The most recognized line in this poem is "success is counted sweetest from those who ne'er succeed". The poems describes the complicated moral and psychological truths as well as Dickinson's keen awareness of the complicated truths of human desire. This is all described by the images of a victorious army and one dying warrior to suggest that only he who has suffered defeat can understand success.
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3. The Soul Selects Her Own Society- written in 1862 and published in 1890
-describes the need to live by one's own choices. The "soul" is referring to a person, a feminine person which is why the poem uses "her". The tone of the poem is quiet yet grand and ominous. The general main idea of this poem is that people choose a few companions who matter to them and exclude everyone else from their inner consciousness.
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