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POETRY - IMPERCEPTIBLY AS GRIEF
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Emily Dickinson describes the subtle passing of summer into Autumn. As one good thing seems to be ending (summer), a sad thing (grief) seems to be leaving her. Both happen gradually and calmly and seem to naturally balance each other out - as though nature is in control and helps us to cope in our world.
Things change in life - it's natural for things to go up and then down - the key is to find the beauty in each stage.
What is the poem about?
Written in 1850 in America.
Dickinson: daughter to a Calvinist minister: forced to preach with him. She hated it - separated from church and father as soon as she was old enough.
May have been in love with brother's wife, but never able to act on or possibly even understand the feelings.
She lost her mother and several close friends in American civil war - she understood grief.
She became a recluse as a result.
What is the context of the poem?
You feel better when grief passes, so summer ending may be good too. It allows us to not feel sadenned by the passing of time and the cycle of life.
What tone is created by comparing the passing of summer into Autumn with the passing of grief?
She doesn't think the end of summer was so sudden that it is alarming - she is calm and acquiescent about the next season, a season associated with death.
What is significant about the line: Too impercpetible at last to seem like perfidy'?
All suggest less light,
- Twilight long begun - allows for more introspection and thinking time
- The dusk drew earlier in - change is coming
- The morning foreign shone - can feel frightening/harrowing the lessening of light, but it's natural
name 3 references to fading light - and their significance
A single stanza suggesting calm blending of emotions - but lots of unusual punctuation within suggests more chaos and fighting against the passing of time within the calmness of her descriptions.
Explain how the structure is used metaphorically
Time passes slowly, but inevitably. There is a cycle of life that includes death.
If this poem was themed about time passing , what would be your driving idea?
No direction - the end of summer is ALL around her, seen in everything.
What does the quote 'without a wing or service of a keel' suggest?
'Summer made her light escape into the beautiful' - things change in life - it's natural for things to go up and then down. When something ends it goes to a beautiful place.
How does the poem end, and what is its significance?
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