I started Early - Took my Dog

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  • I started Early - Took my Dog
    • Emily Dickinson
    • Language
      • Personification of the sea
      • Sensuality of language
      • Imagery of being consumed / devoured
      • Sea both welcoming and potentially destructive / powerful
    • Context
      • She never saw the sea
      • Event imagined
      • Brought up with religion
      • Reclusive later in life
    • Structure and Form
      • Use of dashes - influencing pace
      • Narrative order to the poem
      • Changes in tone
      • Hymn-like quality to writing
      • Sense of reverence
      • Some rhymes
      • 6 x 4 - quatrains
    • 1862
    • Key quotations
      • 'But no Man moved Me - till the Tide'
      • 'And made as He would eat me up - '
      • 'with a Mighty look - At me - The Sea withdrew'
    • Meaning
      • ****** fantasy of sexual union
      • Destructive or suicidal impulse
      • Poetic voice departs from when returning to reality
    • What happens?
      • Imagines visit to sea
      • Coming in of the tide
      • Retreat of poetic voice to the town

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