Life and Death Through the Reaction Paper

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It is impossible for science to "overtake" the light but not impossible for humans to experience it. While light is pleasing, it is not lasting for the poet. When it is no longer present, what remains is something that is almost opposite to light. The poet describes the experience as a "quality of loss / Affecting our content, / As Trade had suddenly encroached / Upon a Sacrament" (17-20). Here we see the emergence of despair and loss when the light is gone. The light is a severe contrast with the darkness alluded to in the other poems mentioned here but above all, the contrast demonstrates the poet's ability to write about diverse topics.

Death is a source of inspiration for Emily Dickinson and while this make seem creepy to many readers, it is actually brave for the poet because death, even today, seems taboo for many artists. This may be because we do not know what is on the other side of death but what we cannot deny is the fact that Dickinson put her all into trying to figure out what death might involve. Death is frightening for many but it does not need to be, as Dickinson illustrates. We can think about death without becoming frightened or becoming depressed. Dickinson proves she can broach other topics with just as much grace as she does death with "A Light Exists in Spring." Rarely have other poets demonstrates such diversity.

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Works Cited

Dickinson, Emily. "A Light Exists in Spring." The Complete Poems of Emily

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