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There's a certain Slant of light
There's a certain Slant of light
by Emily Dickinson

There's a certain Slant of light Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Common Measure That's Not So Common You're not alone if you find yourself a bit stumped by Dickinson's choice of meter and rhyme in most of her poems. To this day, scholars are still fighting over...

Speaker

Our speaker sounds as if she's (and we're just assuming it's a she) keeping things relatively casual, informal, and without all the frills of super-ornate language. Her ambiguity in words like "cer...

Setting

Sure, it's a "Winter Afternoon" and we've got a strange kind of light shining through, but that's pretty much where our physical setting ends. By the start of the second stanza, our setting becomes...

Sound Check

"There's a certain Slant of light" may seem like your average Dickinsonian, lyrical poem in common measure, with alternating iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. But with all those dashes popping...

What's Up With the Title?

When we're dealing with a poem based in common measure, it's typical for the poet to use the poem's title as the first line. Dickinson does the same thing with another one of her poems also written...

Calling Card

Despairing and Rebellious—With DashesWhen you've got a poet who wrote over a thousand poems without any real expectation of being widely published, chances are you'll hear some despair and see so...

Tough-o-Meter

(7) Snow Line Emily Dickinson is usually up there in the Tough-O-Meter because of her unusual syntax that's coupled with equally unusual ideas. For this one, we're forced to really think outside th...

Trivia

Critics widely disagree in their interpretations of our favorite Dickinson poem. (Source.)Between her late twenties and early thirties, Dickinson wrote almost 1100 poems. What have you been up to l...

Steaminess Rating

GThat slant of light isn't looking too sexy. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a sexy Dickinson poem. She's a bit preoccupied with death and slants of light, thank you very much.

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