Solitude Emily Dickinson Analysis

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Literary Analysis 1
Question#3
Appropriate Definition of Solitude

The poem “Solitude” by Emily Dickinson is a poem that gives an absolutely appropriate definition for the word solitude. The poem is about a man who is left in a state of loneliness and solitude. In my opinion, the solitude that was discussed in this poem is not the just solitude that just merely means loneliness, but the complete emptiness of life. Throughout the poem Emily Dickinson portrays a very dark definition of solitude in almost every line of the poem. This poem is about a very dark definition of solitude, it shows a life of a man who has nothing left in his life, and this empty life of the man was derived from being able to see everyhing in this world very clearly.

In the first line of the poem Emily Dickinson wrote about what the tempter said which was “it is easy, to rage against the sun that eats away at strength and skin, to lie prostrate in a dune of self pity”. This first stanza of the poem brings up the question “who is the tempter?”. In my opinion, by saying ‘the tempter’ I think Emily Dickinson meant the man’s (who was mentioned in the poem) conciousness. Since the tempter was talking about life and the only only person mentioned in the poem was the man (aside from the tempter), I think that this is a good definition for ‘the tempter’. Now that we know who is the tempter it is easier to understand what the tempter said means. In my interpretation by saying, “it is easy, to rage against the sun that eats away at strength and skin, to lie prostrate in a dune of self pity” I think the tempter meant that it is easy to give up on life which is tortuing and just lie down in despair cycling in self-pity. By having the conciousness saying something as pessimistic as this, it gives an image that the man in this poem is in deep despair and has a very sad view of life. However, the darkness of the poem did not ended here, it was continued on in the poem....
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