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Sequences in poem titles

Updated: Mar 1

Names of poems are likely to incorporate thermal qualities. Titles of the most popular Emily Dickinson poems include fluidity in “I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed” (influid), “A Drop Fell on the Apple Tree” (fluiddown), “XLV (Before the Ice is in the Pools)” (solidfluid), and perhaps “The Soul unto itself” (fluidin), brightness in “A Lane of Yellow Led the Eye” (brightround), and “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” (disorderbright), disorder and stasis in “If I can stop one heart from breaking” (staticdisorder), “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” (disorderdarkdisorderdark), outwardness in “The Outlet,” upwardness in “We Never Know How High We Are,” (knowledgeup), coldness in “Winter is good - his Hoar Delights” (coldlight) and solidness in “Like Brooms of Steel.” Aesthetic mixtures of other things we consider opposites are also common in the names of poems, for instance in “Tell the Truth But Tell it Slant,” which involves a contradiction between truth and lies (slant).


Sequences in poems

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