Emily dickinson i dwell in possibility meaning
Emily Dickinson Quotes (Author of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson)
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In the first stanza, the poem seems to just be about poetry as a vocation as opposed to prose, and is explicit in comparing the two. The metaphors and similes used make it so that poetry is possibility, poetry is more beautiful, poetry has more doors and windows open for access, for different perspectives and interpretations, while prose by default, then, is more closed and limited and homely. In the second stanza, the extended metaphor changes slightly, so that we see that though poetry is a house, it is also a garden—it defies binary oppositions—and part of nature, with nature, in the guise of the sky-roof, completing it. Both the poet and the reader are equally welcome in this house, and the great number of possible entrances and exits means that both poet and reader can choose to interpret it in different ways. The structure of the poem also reflects the freedom available in poetry. Only two lines in the poem do not end with the dashes and thus emphasize the empty space between lines—the windows of interpretation.
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Imagine you're a white lady in 19th-century Massachusetts that may be easier for some more than others. Now imagine you're the kind of lady who doesn't fit in.
The usual interpretation is that the poet is dwelling in Possibility. Notice the capital P. The poet dwells in the possible and imagines a house, a just house or a superior house with a lot of windows which stand for multiple perspectives both inside and outside and the house has superior doors which can stand for the reluctance on the part of the poet to let people in. The chambers refer to the rooms of this fairer house specifically to the bedrooms. The rooms are huge and tall since they are like the coniferous tree Cedar. And though they are so huge and tall they are still of restricted view. The roof of the house lasts forever unlike most realistic roofs since it has infinity of the sky to design it.
Emily Dickinson today! As we reread the poem, each student shared what they had learned about their word and we all worked at how their word added to the poem as a whole. The process went smoothly, even at points quite energetically, involving everyone. What makes most students uncomfortable with poetry is its ambiguity. Getting comfortable with ambiguity is difficult for most of us. Even in the poetry they are exposed to in school, meaning and symbols are often, unfortunately, prescriptively taught. You are commenting using your WordPress.