The dashes force the reader to pause in their mind, and absorb what has happened so far, and let the meaning of the previous line or so sink in. The dashes are used to effectively and deliberately make the reader reflect on the darkness.
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark uses many strong images in order to paint a picture of the darkness now encompassing her life. These two lines use imagery of a silhouette of a person, lit by a fading light in their back.
The person is leaving, and the person represents the light. The Lamp is illuminating the departure, and with the disappearance of the woman, the light also disappears. This image is made to grab hold of the reader right from the start, and effectively draws them into the rest of the poem.
The poem is written in five distinct stanzas, each comprising of four lines. There is nothing special, unique, or fancy about the way the poem is organized on the page, and this is done in order to symbolize the very regularity of the fact that sometimes, things or people you love are lost.
With the loss of something important, the world does not stop and arrange your life for you. It will continue on in the same unerringly normal way it always has, but now there will just be not light in your life. She brutally and honestly shows how the bravest are stopped by a meager tree in their groping towards a better life.
Still, even as they attempt to make it in the new world, a tree comes and smacks them in the forehead. Yet another obstacle, which is barring their path, and this tree, adds much insult to injury. The poem concludes by relating the darkness to ones perception of their surroundings, and presents the idea that in order to make it in the new world without light, one must change their perception of what really constitutes lightness in their life. If they are unable to change their opinions on their perception of light, then to get on in their life something in the darkness itself must alter, such as a new object situation restoring some of the light.
Dickinson illustrates that by coming to terms with the darkness, one can get their life back on track, but it will never be as straight as it was before. To step is defined as to move forward. If everything is dark, and there is nothing, there is no meaning for the word, thus, it breaks the darkness. Tree- trees are symbolic for wisdom. This poem is about emotional struggles.
If there were wisdom, the troubles wouldn't be. Darkness is symbolic for emotional conflict, so if she had the wisdom to feel at peace, there would be no struggle. Sight- sight is defined by light.
Straight - straight is defined by direction. There is no direction in darkness. That's the only last line of the stanza that doesn't have a dash. It's the conclusion, it doesn't end in darkness. You may argue why the dash is there after brain, see, and forehead. Brain- It's a conflict of the mind that causes the darkness. Forehead- "and sometimes hit a tree," the darkness is right in front.
See- She doesn't mean visually. To finally 'see' is the enlightenment sought after. No solution to the conflict. The line is about the inner search for 'light'. The amount of dashes in that line help emphases how the feeling of hopelessness keeps plaguing in the search for that light and the desperation of the situation. They can't fight against it or 'kill' it, but must acknowledge it exists. This is my reasoning through the lines. Others can make their own connections. If I made a mistake or you'd like to add something somewhere let me know.
We grow accustomed to the Dark— Ask, "what does she mean by dark? When light is put away— Well, yeah, it gets dark when you turn the light off. What is illuminating that gets put away? As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp Neighbors can be referenced biblically as common man or, "others".
It could mean friend. They hold the 'lamp'? To witness her Goodbye— Parting is sad. So 'she' holds the light. She wouldn't say goodbye if there wasn't a connection. Since it comes so quickly and has such psychological effects, it could mean a death. A Moment—We uncertain step For newness of the night— She is gone.
It could mean the author feels undefined. There is nobody else. What do actions really mean if we're alone. The other person or people gave meaning. Picture yourself as the only person on earth, everyone disappears. How would your ambitions, worries, and self perception change.
Everything would be undefined. Then—fit our Vision to the Dark— And meet the Road—erect— As we adjust our eyes when it is dark, she had to adjust her perception of her life when there was no one. Roads are the means of transportation. If they're vertical they impede our movement forward and leave us in a wreck. And so of larger—Darkness— Compared to the memories of the friend, turning to the big picture, emptiness. Those Evenings of the Brain— Time has passed and no improvement in the, if I can call it that, depression.
When not a Moon disclose a sign— No light. Perhaps it means interaction with others or love. Whatever you relate it to, it's gone. Not even the moon gives a hint of light. Or Star—come out—within— Moving on with life. The dashes help emphasize the desperation and frustration of the situation see structure section.
The Bravest—grope a little— Grope is to feel around. The problem is inward. Running forwards, trying to get away, denying that the problem exists. They can't fight it. Adding a dash in front of bravest indicates sarcasm. They finally run into some wisdom trees symbolically as they see running hits them with the same problem and gets them nowhere.
Hitting the tree means finally acknowledging the problem exists. It's the conclusion and fairly tricky to decipher. It could be translated in various ways. I'll let you play with this one. What do you think? It indirectly states emotions so the reader can better personally make their own connections. The structure is masterfully arranged and compliments the works. Common metaphors for many poems are 'darkness' and 'the light'. Line starters were simple: It was in first person.
The theme is not unique. No, it was brilliantly pieced together in a unique way. The author's style was felt from the beginning. Emily Dickinson, born in and died in , was an American lyrical poet, and an obsessively private writer. She did not respond well to any spotlight, and realized this after releasing only a couple of poems and taking no liking to the attention. Most of her works were discovered after her death, and it was then when she became famous.
The poem We Grow Accustomed to the Dark is one of her poems that was found untitled, therefore taking the name of the first line from the first stanza. This poem describing darkness has a deeper, metaphorical meaning, which Dickinson creates in a more unique, effective manner.
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Transcript of We grow accustomed to the dark By Emily Dickinson We Grow Accustomed to the Dark Title Figurative Language Shift Attitude Theme Structure Must be noted that the title is simply the first line of the poem as Dickinson did not name her poems. In the poem We Grow Accustomed to the Dark, by Emily Dickinson, a loss is described in detail using a metaphor of darkness and light. Dickinson uses metaphors, strong imagery, and the way the poem is written in order to describe the loss of a loved one in her life.