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07-21-2009, 10:22 AM
I had been reading Emily Dickinson's (and other poets) poem as part of my school work. They are full of metaphor allegory; and I like them once I get to know the meaning of the poems. I think her poems are thought provoking.

As part of my work, I have to chose one poem that is a good representation of the poet's entire literary career. I am thinking of chosing Emily Dickinson as the poet. But, I need help in identifying the one poem that best represents her career. Any suggestions?


07-23-2009, 03:27 AM
Difficult to decide, but, in essence, this comes down to choosing a favorite poem by Dickinson that I feel contains the ultimate talent and uniquity of her as a poet - very difficult to decide. Perhaps not my ultimate decision, but I would place a lot of consideration upon this poem, which contains her common themes of death, loneliness, and some sort of progression, a dark mood, and metaphors galore:

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played
At wrestling in a ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.