Emily Dickinson Mind Map By Travon Andrews

Travon Andrews
Mind Map by Travon Andrews, updated more than 1 year ago
Travon Andrews
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Mind Map of Emily Dickinson's exploration of pain

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Emily Dickinson Mind Map By Travon Andrews
1 Pain
1.1 Poem 258: There's a certain Slant of Light
1.1.1 "Death"- The worst most important type of pain
1.1.2 "Seal"- Sense of finality, seal is an allusion to the seals in revelation, and as a image of a wax seal; something that cannot be repaired once broken.
1.1.3 "Light"- Something that's harsh and oppressive, hard to define especially in those " Winter Afternoons."
1.2 Poem 510: It was not Death, for i stood up
1.2.1 "Midnight"-Using darkness to signify no chance of hope
1.2.2 "When everything that ticked-has stopped-(17)"-Actual heartbeat or stop in time
1.2.3 "And Space stares all around (18)"-Feeling of emptiness in this surrounding space
1.2.4 The sense of touch and sound and sound in stanzas one and two, indicates that there is something much greater than these physical things causing her pain. Dickinson knows she's not dead because... She "stood up" The blackness can't be night because the "Noon" "Bells" were going off -"Put out their Tongues (4)" The "Frost" she feels physically can't be it because she feels "Siroccos."
1.3 Poem 280: I felt a Funeral in my Brain
1.3.1 Extended Metaphor-Not really a funeral , connects the idea of the funeral with madness
1.3.2 "Service"-Creates an anxious, disrupted, uneven atmosphere
1.3.3 Tone: Displays hopelessness and very negative view
1.3.4 "Beating"-Act of going insane
1.3.5 "And then a Plank in Reason, broke(17)"-Final moment of insanity
1.3.6 "Treading"-Thoughts going back and forth
1.4 Poem 650: Pain-has an Element of Blank-
1.4.1 "I cannot recollect (2)"- Dickinson is personifying pain by saying that it cant be remembered when it started, or if there was ever a time without pain.
1.4.2 Tone: Never ending pain because there is no set time limit
1.4.3 Paradox: Pain is infinite in the past
1.4.4 Pain is tortuous because it feels endless
1.5 Poem 937: I felt a Cleaving in my Mind-
1.5.1 "Cleaving in my mind (1)"- Speaker has two separate parts of the mind
1.5.2 Stanza 1: Metaphor comparing the speakers "Brain" to cloth that would not "fit" together. No matter what, something sewn together will always be the product of two parts.
1.5.3 Not having a clear train of thought can make one become mentally unstable
1.5.4 "Like Balls-Upon a Floor (8)"- After the speaker loses someone close, they need to find a way to cope and live without the one they've lost. The speaker looks for acceptance and change but breaks down instead because there's no way to fill such a gap.
1.6 Poem 1732: My life closed twice before it close-
1.6.1 "Its close"-Her literal death
1.6.2 Paradox: "Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell (7-8)." Dickinson says that " all we know of heaven" is that's where people go after their death, and "all we know of hell" is that's where we may go (our state of mind) when we experiences a loss of someone or something close to us.
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