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Emily Dickinson

Ars poetica is the art of poetry poets seek answers for questions in their work. Of more importance is the main idea of writing, as such the poems are sincere, follow the art of poetry and also are of high decorum. Emily Dickinson was an intensely creative woman with an immensely secretive life she had written more than 1,789 poems by the time she died. Something intriguing about her life was that even her own sister was astonished by the number of poems she had written. She was not conversant with the bible because she stopped attending public events and church in her early twenties. After she underwent an eye treatment, she never left the family home main street. Her sister- in- law (Susan Dickinson) was the closest to her and knew her better. Her withdrawal from society is described by her sister to have been brought about by mental distress or romantic disappointment. Her poems have been classified into love, nature, life, time and eternity. She wrote lyrics which she considered being universal, culturally independent and extremely essential. Her letters are grammatically irregular, and verbs are usually used in place of nouns.

Soul at the White Heat by Emily Dickinson is a poem about the soul and how it can be hopeful and ready for something much better after death. This is one of Emily Dickinson’s unique poems; it is short with only one stanza. “Dare you see a soul at the white heat” is the first line; white heat represents her own hardships. In her soul some refining process is taking place and it needs hummer and blaze. Forge shows the experience she undergoes while hammer represents the hardships. The poem shows that Dickinson is full of emotion when she is writing it. The first line is a question that needs an answer, the implication to the reader is that one should take care not to be burnt when practicing to be in such a state of emotion. She is able to refine her emotions till they are very pure. She deals with the positive side of pain, hardships and failure. According to Emily Dickinson the soul needs to go through hardships and pain so as it can have some hope for something better afterlife. The poem illustrates growth after a period of suffering, the voice in the poem show a character that has undergone so much transformation. The change that this character has undergone is possible to anyone willing to undergo through it.

“Least Village has its Blacksmith”, means that a small village has its own blacksmith. This shows that even if the village is small it does not lack some resources such as a blacksmith. It hence represents the idea that every soul has the possibility of passing through hardships and pain, and not only overcome but become stronger and better. The poem by Emily does not give the reader a guide on the cause of suffering. The assumption is that the suffering was from a lover. Another assumption is that the poem illustrates Dickinson’s relationship with God. However, it is not clear of which of the two scenarios Dickinson is referring to.  According to the poem, “Red—is the Fire's common tint” this means that fire is which is usually red heats the iron ore which becomes hotter than the fire.

This poem can be classified among the suffering poems written Emily Dickinson. It can further be classified among those poems that illustrate painful struggles that bring spiritual growth or other compensatory rewards. The ends when she is illustrating her triumph after experiencing a lot of hardships.

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