EMILY DICKINSON AS POET
MAJOR THEMES: Chronologically Emily belongs to the 19th century. But in their style and form, her poems have close affinities with the 20th century. She wrote her poems as she lived her life. Her universe was that of the soul. Her special task was to make that universe articulate. Nature was her close and loving friend. Her religion had no church. She could converse directly with her God. Death is always present in her poetry. In short, she mused on the mystery of life and death, on the nature of the human soul and immortality with rare insight and penetration.
AS A LYRIC POET: The bulk of Emily's poetry consists of lyrics. Most of them are very great short lyrics. The intensity of her own vision imparts intensity to her lyrics. Due to the perfect unity of vision and expression, she is ranked as a great lyric poet. A number of her lyrics deal with nature. Her lyrics are the battlegrounds for the clash of opposites. They deal with her fearless and heroic acceptance of life. Here is an example of her nature lyric: