On the look of death. There's A Certain Slant Of Light

A Certain Slant of Light


There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons—

adult hood It is well known that while she was studying a man named Thomas Wentworth Higginson(he was also a former minister & author) was her mentor. unfortunately she had to leave school and move back home because of ill health. Topic 2 Topic 4 During1840 -1847 Emily attended Amherst Academy where she studied for 7 years. their she studied English and classical literature . Later during 1847 she translated Amherst Academy to attend Mount Holyoke female Seminary in South Hadley were she attended or 1 year. There's a certain slant of light This poem was written during the time period of American Naturalism and Regionalism Literature(1861) at the begging of her career.

affliction This picture represents the theme of death in the poem because it is winter and everything is dead . This Picture represents the title in a way and it also represents a part of the poem when it says " Heavenly Hurt". Vocabulary word Despair ; Loss of hope or hopeless Topic 7 Sentence example ; He is the despair of his mother "There's a Certain Slant of Light,." By Emily Dickinson. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2012.

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By an easy transition from one insubstantial image to another, 'Air' back to 'a certainSlant of light,' the concluding stanza returns to the surface level of the winterafternoon. As the sun drops toward the horizon just before setting, 'the Landscapelistens' in apprehension that the very light which makes it exist as a landscape is aboutto be extinguished; 'Shadows,' which are about to run out to infinity in length and mergewith each other in breadth until all is shadow, 'hold their breath.' This is the effectcreated by the slanting light 'When it comes.' Of course no such things happen in nature,and it would be pathetic fallacy to pretend they did. The light does not inflict thissuffering nor is the landscape the victim. Instead, these are just images of despair./218/

The personification of the landscape is an alternative, as it were, to thenaturalization of the self. And such an inversion of the previous poem, this rejection ofits terms, is apparent in the fact that light waves become sound waves, which become wavesof heaviness and pain. Thus everything is personalized, translated to the person, and thenconfined or trapped there, as in the previous poem liberation from personhood wasprecisely what was celebrated. Yet whatever invades the speaker is also perceived as aliento her even as it is seen to penetrate her. So the indifference—the"sovreign" "Unconcern" of the previous poem-becomes the "internaldifference" of this one. In fact, light is cast down and codified as the "SealDespair," which itself hardens further into "the look of Death." One way tounderstand such causality is to say that the light, internalized, registers as despair andis understood as death. Another way to understand it is to see that this figure in thepoem—this making of death into a figure that cannot be dispelled—is what deathlooks like when it is personified, when it is made to have a meaning as small as aperson's meaning. In line with the trivialization, "the look of Death" does notquite displace the anthropomorphic "face" of death (as in the previous poem"Competeless" does not quite displace "completeless"). For death in"There's a certain Slant of light," reduced to human size, is almost given acountenance. Thus "the Distance" from death or from the "look ofDeath" (from how death appears when it has a "look," almost a demeanor orexpression) is no distance at all.