In her scheme of things "poets" head the list of what is important in life-they come before "summer" or even "the Heaven of God" Perhaps, there really isn't really any need for a list. Just "poets" are enough, because "poets" comprehend (include) the whole", whether it is the summer sun or Heaven itself. If Genesis were to be re-written, we may presume that according to Dickinson, it would be a simple statement-'God created Poetry'. Poetry is a form of art with which she is hopelessly in love with. It is far superior to prose, because the poet dwells in the realm of "possibility", and not in a prosaic (note, the origin of the word 'prosaic'!) house of mere facts. The poet's house has more windows, and superior doors. This refers to the openness of the poet to ideas, a greater openness than that possessed by the prose writer.
And, finally, in "I died for Beauty", Dickinson equates Beauty and Truth-in an echoing of the sentiments of another great poet who wrote, " Beauty is truth, truth beauty" (Keats) Beauty, which is Truth, is simply something worth dying for.
Dickinson's poems express the universal truth so often experienced by creative people, that the human impulse to create is powerful, and transcends all. It does not look for reward or recognition, and even scoffs at death. It is an urge, which is an end in itself, and the artist (poet) is a vehicle of the Muse to this end of creation.
Dickinson, Emily Verse- Emily Dickinson- Complete Poems, retrieved 11th August 2007
"I died for beauty"
"I dwell in possibility"
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reckon when I count it all."
Keats, John The Oxford Book of English Verse, Ode on A Grecian Urn, retrieved 11th August
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What connections have you made between literature and everyday life
Margaret Atwood's Happy Endings is an interesting essay on how literature is a reflection of real life, and how to produce a 'good' story. She does not overtly give any rules for writing; she conveys through six scenarios (A to F) how to produce an interesting work.
As protagonists in our own (real) life, the scenario that we would all love to live is Scenario A-a simple uncomplicated life. Who likes problems anyway We are forced to cope with problems because they come unbidden. But while a simple and uncomplicated life makes us happy, it hardly goes to make an interesting story.
Even historians' chronicles give more importance to wars and famine and revolution. A peaceful period is often dismissed with the words, 'The reign of Queen