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The Voice of Gender in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry


The Voice of Gender in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry Abstract: The paper deals with the reading and interpreting of the voice of gender in Emily Dickinson’s poems. The gender, the 1yric poem and the reading constitute the performance. Dickinson succeeded in constructing alternatives to a traditional, fixed binary gender system (woman/man) and opens opportunities for the reader to perform alternative gendering. Analysis of voices of gender in and of Dickinson’s poems shows that her variant performances of gender are crucial to the general construction of her poetry. Through the analysis of the voice of gender in Dickinson’ s poetry, the paper discloses the crucial function of poets construct in women ’s rebellion and self-salvation and subverting patriarchy, which also demonstrates her uniqueness in her life and literary creativity. Key words:Emily Dickinson; poetry; the voice of gender 1 Introduction Emily Dickinson (1830—1886) is now generally considered as a forerunner of modern American poetry. Her drastic rebellion against traditional Anglo-American poetic forms and the ideological concerns as well as artistic innovations revealed in her poems have pushed her far ahead of her own time. This paper attempts to discuss the voices of gender in Dickinson’s poetry. She depicts women images in a “womanly” poetic language imbued with her own individuality. Her narrators frequently appear as child images which bear resemblance with the female in their fragility, flexibility, resignatio

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