The Craftsmanship of Emily Dickinson [Archives:2003/632/Education]

April 21 2003

By Safar Alzahrani
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Emily Dickinson is one of the great American poets who have contributed a lot to the nineteenth century poetry in particular, and to the American poetry in general.
Her poetry reflects her haunting sense of utter loneliness. The speakers of her poems generally live in a state of want; but her poems are also marked by the intimate recollection of inspirational moments which are decidedly life-giving and suggest the possibility of future happiness. Her work was heavily influenced by the metaphysical poets of the seventeenth-century England, as well as by her puritan upbringing and the Book of Revelation. She admired the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats. Though she was dissuaded from reading the verse of her contemporary Walt Whitman by rumor of its disgracefulness, the two poets are now connected by the distinguished place they hold as the founders of a uniquely American poetic voice.