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Poetry – Explication

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english, literature and language


My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun

My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun

My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun ‘ by Emily Dickinson has many thematic facets and can be interpreted at many levels . But its two dominant themes are feminist and artistic . Although Emily Dickinson was the only nineteenth century female American poet that wrote beyond the conventional poetry of woman sentimentality but unusual feminine themes were dominant in her poetry . My Life had stood ‘ depicts the same atypical feminist theme . This feminist point of view in this [banner_entry_middle]

poem is well articulated by Adrienne Rich (1979

I think it is a poem about possession by the daemon , about the dangers and risks of such possession if you are a woman , about the knowledge that power in a woman can seem destructive , and that you cannot live without the daemon once it has possessed you . The archetype of the daemon as masculine is beginning to change , but it has been real for women up until now . But this woman poet also perceives herself as a lethal weapon

This poem illustrates a volcanic anger at the constricted and limited that she is forced to live . These social compulsions had restricted her life to corners ‘ unless she a masculine power rediscovered him . Now her sole duty is to behave in a way that suits her owner . Rich (1979 ) is of the view that If there is a female consciousness in this poem , it is buried deeper than the images : it exists in the ambivalence toward power , which is extreme ‘ as gun also its owner ‘s defender against the “foe ” It is the gun , furthermore , who speaks for him ‘ So at a deeper level this poem epitomizes process of self discovery i .e the exploration of her poetic talent that was hitherto tapped by the contemporary social norms and taboos

Previously she was in the corner without ant explicit objective although she has any linguistic talent but those were buried deep into her consciousness . Here gun symbolizes the power and strength of language that was unused till the day it was found and practiced by her poetic aspirations . The hunter utilized this linguistic expression for his own benefit i .e . to express and propagate his ideals . Doe ‘ is the most important metaphor in the poem beside gun herself as it incarnates the womanly feelings and sappiness of the women poets of the nineteenth century . Dickenson depicts that in her poetry this over-sentimentality has been hunted down (And now We hunt the Doe ) and her poetry contains new themes and expressions . O the other hand , it further denotes the women ‘s compulsion to suppress their poetic talent and aspiration

Emily further refers to some symbolic expression that has the same dual connotations i .e . artistic and feminist . For example , it refers to I guard My Master ‘s Head – /Tis better than the Eider-Duck ‘s / Deep Pillow – to have shared – . This denotes that choosing the path of a poet ‘s life… [banner_entry_footer]


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