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My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson Essay

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My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson

Today, few would deny that Emily Dickinson is an important figure in American literature. The numerous ways to interpret her poetry draws more and more readers into her publications. It's as if everyone could interpret Dickinson's poems into his or her personal life; seeing the poems the way they want to see it. This is the effect "flexible" poems have on people.

In Dickinson's "My Life Had Stood—A Loaded Gun", I interpreted the poem literally, thinking the poem was really about a gun and the relationship with its owner. But as I read the poem more and more, I felt the power and rage engulfed into this piece. I also gathered that, like most of Dickinson's poetry,…show more content…

And since he was her "Master"(possibly a lover, or another male who plays a significant role in her life, liken her father?), he decided to use her to express her purpose. Maybe her purpose is poetry. The poet experiences herself as loaded gun, imperious energy. Yet without the "Master", the possessor, she is merely lethal. And when she describes herself as a "Loaded Gun", I think she means she's been full of rage or anger and has been holding it in for such a long time. Or she may just be full of emotion and thought, and experience, and she just wants some way or chance to express herself. And whenever she has the next chance to release this rage, it could be harmful, just like a loaded gun—she has the potential to cause harm.

The "doe" (female deer) is hunted and presumably killed, just as women writers feel they have to kill or suppress a part of themselves to write. Or maybe just as Dickinson felt strained to write poetry in seclusion. But I'm wondering if all female poets felt the same as she? Did they feel that they had to write poetry in private?

Also, when she talks about the "Woods being Sovereign", it gives a sense of control. This all gives me the impression that being a "loaded gun" she is harmless until her master takes possession of it (her). And in the line, "And every time I speak for him/ The Mountains straight reply", it represents language to

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'It's coming - the postponeless Creature'. This title features electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers. It is one of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range a'It's coming - the postponeless Creature'. This title features electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers. It is one of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants....more

Paperback, 64 pages

Published March 3rd 2016 by Penguin Classics

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