Use these Emily Dickinson quotes as part of your analysis of Emily Dickinson poetry.
Poem: "Much madness is divinest sense"
Quote: Assent, and you are sane; / Demur,—you ’re straightway dangerous, / And handled with a chain (6-8).
Analysis: Dickinson remained unknown to her contemporaries, her work being published posthumously. Those who knew her believed her crazy, as do many scholars who did not know her. They had good reason. Dickinson lived a reclusive life, rarely leaving her home, refusing love, suffering a broken heart after the local minister rejected her suits. This poem may be in response to those who considered her mad, commenting that those who "assent" or conform are considered sane, regardless of rightness or wrongness; those who choose to live differently, as she did, and "demur" are considered insane.
Poem: "She sweeps with many-coloured brooms"
Quote: SHE sweeps with many-colored brooms, / And leaves the shreds behind; / Oh, housewife in the evening west, / Come back, and dust the pond! (1-4).
Analysis: Dickinson uses personification to describe the sunset. She once again shows her uncanny ability for description, using adjectives sparingly and not specifically mentioning the thing being described.