AD's English Literature : Emily Dickenson’s Lyrical Talent :The Range of Her Moods in Her Poetry

Emily Dickenson’s Lyrical Talent :The Range of Her Moods in Her Poetry


Introduction: Emily Dickinson was pre - eminently a lyric poet. Her lyric output is, indeed, amazing. Her lyrics cover a wide range of subjects - love, pain and suffering, death, Nature, etc. The range of her moods in these lyrics is also very wide. From ordinary joy to a feeling of ecstasy, and from mild regret to deep despair, these is hardly any mood that does not find expression in these poems. 


Lyrics loaded with Thought: A lyric may roughly be defined as an emotional and imaginative expression is essentially expressions of ideas, though these expressions are charged with emotion. No poem deserves to be called a lyric if the idea is not emotionally expressed. Her lyrics are loaded with thought. Miss Dickinson's lyrics are deficient in another important requirement also. Many of her poems are jarring discordant. She cared more for a shred vivid, and forceful expression of her thought than for the aesthetic quality of words. The most conspicuous feature of her lyricism is its intensity. It is the depth of feeling that lends to her lyrics a high quality.

The intensity of her love lyrics: Miss Dickinson's lyrical intensity can be illustrated even by a random selection of her poems. A large group of her love - poems centre round the ritual of marriage. An intensity of feeling is the Keynote of These poems also the betrothal in heaven because an obsessive image with her. Her two finest poems on the earthly - heavenly marriage are Title Define - is mine and Mine - by the right of the white Election. Both these poems show an intensity of feeling. Another poem The Love a life can show below is an effort to catch a glimpse of supernal beauty. All these poems show that Miss Dickinson's force as a love poet is strongest when she imbues physical passion with religious feeling. 

Emily Dickinson
The intensity of pain and suffering in her lyrics: Miss Dickinson wrote many poems dealing with human suffering and pain. There is a wide range of pain in her poetry. Many of her poems on pain deal with the moment after a near -disaster. Perhaps her finest poem about pain and one of her artistic achievements is After great pain, a formal feeling comes . Some of her best lyrics on death consider the sensations of the dying person , or the physical experiences as the soul leaves the body perhaps her most popular poem on the subject of death is the one that begins ," Because I could not stop for Death which deals with the effect of death upon a human being . Indeed, all these poems, dealing with the themes of suffering and death are characterized by a remarkable intensity of feeling and a sincerity which give them the unique Dickinsonian stamp and represent the high water mark of lyricism in American poetry.

The intensity of her Nature lyrics: Miss Dickinson wrote a large number of Nature poems some of which have because famous. One of her most celebrated Nature - poem is, A Route of Evanescence. The poem effectively presents the sensation of the ruby - throated humaning - bird's whirling flight and disappearance. Another poem gives us an arresting conceit and a striking image in the following lines depicting sunrise and sunset, and comparing the rising seen to leaping leopards:
                                 Blazing in gold and quenching in purple
                                leaping like leopards to the sky .
In the well known poem, a narrow fellow in the Grass, she expresses the terror awe that a shake arouses. A series of artistic progressions develop the image of the shake into a symbol of the unknown. The shake's fondness for primitive swamps hints at this creature's Biblical association with evil and the desolate places of the earth. The concluding stanzas contrast the poetess's love for the rest of Nature with dread which this creature inspires. Intensity is the keynote of all these poems.  

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