Emily Dickinson is one of the best poets. She is famous for being “The poet of paradox”. Dickinson has written up to 1800 poems and a few of them were published while she was still alive. Here are some of the best poems by Emily Dickinson.
”Faith” Is A Fine Invention
This is a poem written by Dickinson which gives us a view of what her idea on religion and science was. She called faith an invention and put the faith in quotation marks which suggests that the poem is more of promoting science. She also says it’s wise to use a microscope or science for emergencies.
Much Madness Is Divinest Sense
This poem starts with a paradox line which interprets madness to mean divine sense. In her poem, she describes society as insane and which treats individuals as being mad. If you support the majority then you are sane but if choose to stand out in your ideas by objecting, then the society sees you as being dangerous and as a person that needs to be controlled.
Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant
This poem talks about truth being a powerful entity that can end the world. Dickinson advises in this poem that it is safer, to tell the truth, if only you can tell it slant. This way you are gradually giving it to the world.</p>
Success Is Counted Sweetest
Here she shows us a picture of a victorious army and that of a dying soldier. Dickinson describes success in the form of those that suffered defeat. This poem applies to any circumstance where winners and losers emerge.
Wild Nights – Wild Nights!
This poem isn’t about any story but basically wishful thinking. Dickinson is able to take advantage of the sea as an expression of passion. Wild Nights are amongst the most popular romance poems.
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
This poem is about doing things that will show that you didn’t live your life in vain.
I Heard A Fly Buzz – When I Died
The narrator in this poem is on her deathbed with loved ones around her. While people are waiting for the king to come, feather which appears as a tiny fly and buzzing comes between the narrator and the light. The narrator then is unable to see or dead. This poem is one of Dickinson’s controversial work which is mostly discussed.
I’m Nobody! Who Are You?
The narrator in this poem is of the opinion that being a nobody is highly priced and it is very common to be somebody. One thing that sparks most people’s interest in Emily Dickinson is that only 10 out of her 1800 poems were published during her lifetime and most of her life was lived anonymously.