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. ...Show more