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We Grow Accustomed To The Dark - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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by Emily Dickinson
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Tip-toeing about until some form of confidence builds its way into conscious. You might like one of my poems. On the 10th of November the French organized a festival of reason. Simultaneously, the guillotine bloated itself of flesh-feast, and turned blood into merlot. This is just one instance of man's inability reason's joust of serpents to tame and procure. How like a skylark reason's precepts evade us.

She is like those fireflies in the wooden night, only appearing for an ephemeral moment, then vanishing forever into the nihlo-void, no hint of their law and pattern disclosing. How like jello are reason's secrets. As soon as we reach out and try to mold it into something we can use, it shreds itself into waste, and becomes the offal of ogres. None have ever grasped her talons and been born aloft into sky-glory, a majestic view of the scape obtaining.

None has looked Minerva directly in the eye, spoke her language, and got from her those mysteries so intoxicating in their power and awe that even the she-devils renounce their allegiance to the sword-rake and wed themselves to the Virgin. Having just been at a major crossroads, this poem seems to address the issues of uncertainty I've been dealing with myself in trying to make a decision.

Groping out into the "Dark" is always frightening, but as this poem shows us, we can adapt to any situation, and even if there are mis-steps, moving forward with bravery is noble and right.

Light is not some state of goodness and purity, Dark is not mired in immorality and Sin. Rather, they are much closer to their literal counterparts, light and its absence. Here, Dark is more the unknown, whereas Light is what is known and familiar. I know that this seems like a stretch but go with me I don't know anyone who would frequently practice being depressed, do you?

What I heard from this poem was that "we" or society live in darkness and "we" fit our vision or way of thinking to the corruption. In the last stanza she says the " Either the Darkness alters--Or something in the sight adjusts itself to Midnight--and life steps almost straight.

Seventeen sailors trapped in a square disc--But wait! Ninja sandwich plus Devil Delicious in the quality of York! Yet one must often hone one's distress signals to one's own distress, and the sands of Time do shift often and violently. Blame it on Human nature.

Blame it on nuclear tea parties. Blame it on Divinity. Around the bush We often beat, yet blame all but Ourselves. I am made to be sick, to be ecstatic all at once, for the World is nothing anymore Signatures are for those who wish to be all but discovered.

Posted on by Approved Guest. Do I have style? We've all seen the teen angst poems. They directly state how the person feels usually in first person asking rhetorical questions and some repetition. Most the time they're just journal entrees.

Add some spacing and repetition and call it poetry. We've all looked to the greats, in any field, and asked what defined them as being so unique. Here is an example that was on the advanced placement AP english exam recently calling for a analysis of how rhetoric imagery, diction, structure, etc was used to effectively portray the piece. The theme is common, but you feel the personality and style of the author in the way it is portrayed.

It's not abstract words put together that just sound good or purely imagery based strength. The poem requires time to effectively understand and connect with.

Before you go on. Try to come up with your own analysis of the poem and it's meaning. Did you catch it? Look at the dashes. What do the dashes mean? Stop, pause, wait, end, say nothing It immediately breaks the movement. We relate darkness with nothingness. In the context of this poem it most likely means inner conflict. The mind subconsciously repeats this after ever pause, after every dash. Look at the words it is used after. Dark, away, goodby, midnight. Look at the words it doesn't use it on.

Lamp- it illuminates the darkness hence, no dash. Step- without light, direction doesn't exist. To step is defined as to move forward. If everything is dark, and there is nothing, there is no meaning for the word, thus, it breaks the darkness. Tree- trees are symbolic for wisdom.

This poem is about emotional struggles. If there were wisdom, the troubles wouldn't be. Darkness is symbolic for emotional conflict, so if she had the wisdom to feel at peace, there would be no struggle. Sight- sight is defined by light. Straight - straight is defined by direction. There is no direction in darkness. That's the only last line of the stanza that doesn't have a dash.

It's the conclusion, it doesn't end in darkness. You may argue why the dash is there after brain, see, and forehead. Brain- It's a conflict of the mind that causes the darkness.

Forehead- "and sometimes hit a tree," the darkness is right in front. See- She doesn't mean visually. To finally 'see' is the enlightenment sought after.

No solution to the conflict. The line is about the inner search for 'light'. The amount of dashes in that line help emphases how the feeling of hopelessness keeps plaguing in the search for that light and the desperation of the situation. They can't fight against it or 'kill' it, but must acknowledge it exists.

This is my reasoning through the lines. Others can make their own connections. If I made a mistake or you'd like to add something somewhere let me know. We grow accustomed to the Dark— Ask, "what does she mean by dark? When light is put away— Well, yeah, it gets dark when you turn the light off. What is illuminating that gets put away? As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp Neighbors can be referenced biblically as common man or, "others". It could mean friend.

They hold the 'lamp'? To witness her Goodbye— Parting is sad. So 'she' holds the light. She wouldn't say goodbye if there wasn't a connection. Since it comes so quickly and has such psychological effects, it could mean a death. A Moment—We uncertain step For newness of the night— She is gone. It could mean the author feels undefined. There is nobody else. What do actions really mean if we're alone.

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