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The Death-Motif in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti

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Claudia Ottlinger

While Emily Dickinson as a forerunner of modern American poetry has met with a good critical response, Christina Rossetti is still regarded as a minor Victorian poet. Despite all their biographical, religious and poetic differences the comparative approach is appropriate for shedding new light on these two women's poetic output, which is preoccupied with death, and for displaying their cultural divergences as well as their transcultural affinities. Based on a new typology and with reference to 220 primary texts, this book highlights Dickinson's and Rossetti's supremely complex view of death, characterized by an enormous amount of shifting emphases and perspectives and focussing on the lyrical I that oscillates between fear and fascination, numb despair and welcome release.

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6. Index of poems treated or mentioned Poems by Emily Dickinson- Index of first lines and numbers in the Johnson edition A Clock stopped - (287) A Coffin- is a small Domain (943) A long- long Sleep- A famous- Sleep- (654) A Sickness of this World it most occasions (1044) A Toad, can die ofLight- (583) A Wife - at Daybreak I shall be - ( 461) After a hundred years (114 7) After great pain, a formal feeling comes - (341) All but Death, can be Adjusted (749) Ambition cannot find him. (68) Ample make this Bed - (829) As Sleigh Bells seem in summer (981) Because I could not stop for Death- (712) Because that you are going (1260) Behind Me - dips Eternity - (721) Bereaved of all, I went abroad- (784) Color - Caste - Denomination - (970) Page 71 152 43 81 52 48 51 50 45 82 156 42 45 153 43 83 84 49 58 124 43 161 155 48 183 Death is a Dialogue between (976) Death is the supple Suitor (1445) Death's Waylaying not the sharpest (1296) Dropped into the Ether Acre- (665) Drowning is not so pitiful (1718) Dust in the only Secret- (153) Elysium is as far as to (1760) From Us She wandered now a Year (890) Give little Ant,'Uish - (31 0) Going to Heaven! (79) "Heavenly Father"- take to thee (1461) "Heaven" has different Signs- to me- (575) Her Sweet tum to leave the Homestead...

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