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Inspirational- Many of Dickinson's poems were written from inspiration she found in everyday life, and were also written to inspire.
Succes is Counted Sweetest
SUCCESS is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.
Not one of all the purple host         5
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory,
As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear         10
The distant strains of triumph
Break, agonized and clear.
                        -This poem is a perfect example of Dickinson's inspiration.  She inspires the reader to obtain the sensation of Success, but warns of defeat and the distant strains of triumph.


Emotional- Many of her poems were written with lots of emotion.

Personal- Dickison wrote many poems about her personal life, such as a man she loved.
I Gave myself to Him
I GAVE myself to him,
And took himself for pay.
The solemn contract of a life
Was ratified this way.
The wealth might disappoint,         5
Myself a poorer prove
Than this great purchaser suspect,
The daily own of Love
Depreciate the vision;
But, till the merchant buy,         10
Still fable, in the isles of spice,
The subtle cargoes lie.
At least, ’t is mutual risk,—
Some found it mutual gain;
Sweet debt of Life,—each night to owe,         15

Insolvent, every noon.

-This poem exemplifies both emotional and personal styles of Dickinson's writing. With love comes emotion and those to are very personal to everyone.  In this poem dickinson portrays her emotions of the man she loved.  Stating the good and the bad, this must have been a very personal poem to her. 

Spiritual- Although she did not write strictly religious poems, Dickinson referenced the church in many.
Soul, Wilt Thou Toss Again?
SOUL, wilt thou toss again?
By just such a hazard
Hundreds have lost, indeed,
But tens have won an all.
Angels’ breathless ballot         5
Lingers to record thee;
Imps in eager caucus

Raffle for my soul.

-Although this is not the most spirtual of Dickinson's poem, it does give a basic idea of how she wrote these types of poem.  In this poem and in many others, Dickinson asks a question.  She is asking God questions in these poems.  Her questions range from simple ones to questions of an afterlife.  She also references angels often.

Anonymously- Occasionally when writing about personal topics, and in some publications she was anonymous.
                            - In the time period that Dickinson wrote, women were considered less than men.  However Dickinson's writing was simply to good to ignore, therefore many of her poem were published in newspapers anonymously.  She also wrote several anonymous poems when writing about a man that she loved.  She only did this when she did not want the person to know that it was her poem about him or her.
Rhythm and Beats-Many of Dickinson's poems contain some sort of ryhthm or beat.

WILL there really be a morning?
Is there such a thing as day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?
Has it feet like water-lilies?         5
Has it feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?
Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!
Oh, some wise man from the skies!         10
Please to tell a little pilgrim
Where the place called morning lies!

                            -When reading this poem the reader can notice that the poem has a smooth flow throughout.  This is possible because of two things.  First, the syllables of each line are the same.  This creates a rythm at which the poem can be read.  Also, the last word of the second and fourth line rhyme.  These rhymes add an emphasis on the end of their lines creating a smooth transition to the next line.  This poem is a great example of Dickinson's Rhythm and Beats.

Rhymes- Dickinson used an abundance of rhymes such as...
                Identical (sane, insane)
                Eye (though, through)
                Vowel (see, buy)
                Imperfect (thin, time)
                Suspended (thing, along)
All of the writing styles are what made Dickinson the poet that she is.  With each different style Dickinson released a different personality that enabled her to think and write freely.  Emily Dickinson was such a complex writer that see needed every single one of these styles to portray her thoughts and to express her emotions.  Each style brings out a different aspect of Emily Dickinson.


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