Mattie Dickinson, the second child of Austin and Sue, later said that "Aunt Emily stood for indulgence. Even if she has mentally accepted this domination, she becomes panic-stricken at the moment when she must actually submit to it.
Returning to Amherst to her loving family and her "feast" in the reading line, in the s she became increasingly solitary and after the Civil War she spent her life indoors.
However, the gargantuan proportions of this opposition--ocean versus drop of dew--suggests that no metaphor for the speaker's self at this point could plausibly oppose the encroachment of the ocean. Throughout her life, Dickinson wrote poems reflecting a preoccupation with the teachings of Jesus Christ and, indeed, many are addressed to him.
And I, and Silence, some strange Race, Wrecked, solitary, here - Suddenly, the narrator finds herself in an amusing race with silence itself, almost as if she has made friends with it. But the difference in these modes of objectification and possible appropriation needs to be remarked as well.
In spite of the family's strong religious approach to life, there is no reflection about her life and legacy or talk about life's meaning and purpose. In so doing, Dickinson tests out the construction of ocean as woman and woman as ocean, a proposition which, while potentially liberating and at least partly responsive to anthropological and psychoanalytic theory, has become appropriated within masculinist hegemony over cultural space and boundaries, permeated by the exclusionary cast of male territoriality.
I would suggest that there are at least two decisive sets of generic circumstances that we need to bring to our reading of this poem. Both domesticated and wild, both friendly and hostile, this pet may dog the steps of the speaker, even as she finds refuge in the "Solid Town.
In other words, the cultural work of "I started Early -- Took my Dog --" both clarifies the semiotics of masculinist hegemony from within the terms of the culture and, in the course of this clarification, stages Dickinson's repudiation of those culturally constructed hierarchies.
While we can expose the poem as a rape scenario in which the speaker is violated or at least threatened with sexual violation, the range of readings for those critical scenes makes it equally possible that she eventually responds with some enthusiasm to this not-so-subtle seduction, that she "started" to enjoy and, in fact, to initiate sexual behavior "He followed -- close behind".
There is one final possibility to consider in the case of Emily Dickinson's lost dog. Oh, a very great town this is! We might disregard the dog as mere anomaly in, the poem, as a creature whose disappearance is of little matter.
Her poems centering on death and religion can be divided into four categories: Male discourses have saturated "nature" with the sociopolitical and cultural desires of American males at least since the earliest European explorations and conquests and at least since the earliest promotional verses luring Pilgrims to a utopian terrain of unprecedented fertility.
The first two lines, I started Early -- Took my Dog — And visited the Sea -- provide the only occasion for a declaration of motive, goal, or rationale for the "visit," and, of course, no such declaration appears. The pain expressed in the final stanza illuminates this uncertainty.
This was supposed to be the ultimate destination. For one, it could have been her, breathing her last, which meant the end of all things in her life, or she may have entered another world of imagination when she must have blacked out after a traumatic experience, or she must have lost her mind completely at some point in her life.
In the last line of the poem, the body is in its grave; this final detail adds a typical Dickinsonian pathos. More precisely, it undergoes a metamorphosis, merges with the sea in a powerful convergence of two of the poem's definitive symbols of the construct of cultural hierarchies. Second Series followed inrunning to five editions by ; a third series appeared in From its initial line onward, we might argue, this poem examines the cultural construction of woman under the sign of the dog; that is, woman cast as inferior and animalistic bitch.
She would die in the same house on 15 Maybut the life she led during her fifty-five years reached far beyond the confines of that single house or the rural community of Amherst. De Beauvoir enables us to return to this poem's central conundrum, the stressed position of the speaker in "I started Early -- Took my Dog As we have seen it is difficult to argue decisively one way or the other whether the speaker responds passionately to the sea's erotic overtures.
The reference to the chilling dew, may also connote the "chill of death".
Her gift for words and the cultural predicament of her time drove her to poetry instead of antimacassars Here, while the speaker defines herself in terms of her "Ankle" and "Shoes," she also domesticates and limits the previously irresistible and overwhelming force of the sea within the phrases "His Silver Heel" and "Pearl," both of which transfer the fetishistic specificity previously reserved for the representation of her own body to the body of the sea.
To be sure, Dickinson's poems frequently transgress ordinary poetic conventions, leaving loose ends not quite accommodated by the expansiveness of her verse narratives. The miracle behind her is the endless scope of time.
One wonders if the comparison is made in a sarcastic tone, for death is far from any adjective associated with civility. I would like to pursue this textual enigma doggedly, so to speak, as a strategy both for reading poem and as an occasion to pursue some of the implications of important feminist approaches to Dickinson's poetry and its responsiveness to pressing issues in literary history and feminist thought.
A digital facsimile of the herbarium is available online. Keeping the readers of that era in mind, they were modified accordingly and published. Penlighten Staff Last Updated: Most critics, moreover, synthesize a number of these analytical paradigms within their interpretations.
Smith is the most recent introductory work listed here and the one most attuned to digital resources. As with "How many times these low feet staggered," its most striking technique is the contrast between the immobility of the dead and the life continuing around them.
In other words, they used, or misused, the fluidity--the greater malleability and as yet unspent utopian potential of femaleness, a desiring-production that is fallow, undirected, not yet socially defined, and thus remains in closer proximity to the unconscious; a life of emotion, rather than of intellect that cruel, demarcating product of the constraints that beset men's bodies --to encode their own desire, their own utopias, their own yearning to be free of boundaries, with the notion of an "endlessly flowing woman.
Fetishistic sex objects are the sub-vital slices of vital wholes, whether inorganic segments like shoes or organic segments like feet.Emily Dickinson’s Collected Poems Questions and Answers.
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