Through her use of imagery in ‘the soul have bandaged moments’ Dickinson is able to show how fear leads her Soul to feel captured. Images of horror and fright are contrasted with images of freedom and happiness after the soul manages to breakthrough the hopelessness. The escape come’s to an abrupt end ‘the horror welcomes her again’. The imagery of shackles and staples is a representation of slaves. Now the speaker’s soul is a slave to their own fear, evidently reasonable for their own imprisonment. This certainly is a thought provoking moment in Dickinson’s poetry. Emily Dickinson didn't fit a common model for literary greatness of her time. She differed from every other New England writer of the nineteenth century. She was ahead of time, rejecting the standards followed by her contemporaries. Emily Dickinson changed literary theory and stirred public imagination.
Dickinson’s poetry is filled with thought provoking moments as she focuses on topics that do not have a definitive interpretation, such death, insanity, and the soul. Nevertheless, Dickinson explores these subjects, not for the purpose of seeking an answer, but for the sake of exploring them to find new startling images for her poems. It is because these subjects cannot be defined that Dickinson finds their exploration so essential and eccentrically focuses on them in her poetry. Dickinson’s use of imagery, enjambment, and her original approach are the reason for startling the reader and provoking powerful thoughts within them.
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