On "My Life had stood--a Loaded Gun--" Adrienne Rich T here is one poem which is the real "onlie begetter" of my thoughts here about Dickinson; a poem I have mused over, repeated to myself, taken into myself over many years. I think it is a poem about possession by the daemon, about the dangers and risks of such possession if you are a woman, about the knowledge that power in a woman can seem destructive, and that you cannot live without the daemon once it has possessed you. The archetype of the daemon as masculine is beginning to change, but it has been real for women up until now.
Critics have given this poem every variety of interpretation, almost none of them totally satisfactory. Though Dickinson doubts and even despairs in some of her poems concerning matters of election and redemption, she never denies that a deity exists.
In fact, poem explicitly records her certainty that there is a divine presence. Christ has authority over life and death as Son of the Father; even so, Christ died before death disappeared from the world of the living, and in this sense death outlived him. Another interpretation embraces a more classical alternative.
Myth traditionally pictures deities dealing out death with weapons: Zeus uses thunderbolts, Apollo and Artemis bows and arrows, Wotan a spear fashioned from the great ash tree which underpins creation. Seen in this way, death is both master and means.
It uses whatever tool stands at the ready and creates opponents even as it destroys creation. The single consolation to universal creation, which will one day encounter death, is that neither death nor the tools it uses has eternal life.Power and Art: A Discussion on Susan Howe's version of Emily Dickinson's "My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun" From Poem Talk May Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Marcella Durand, Jessica Lowenthal, and Jennifer Scappettone.
In the case of “My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun—,” the surface meaning is about a personified gun, but delve a little deeper into the text and Dickinson’s views on women and poetry are, perhaps, revealed: a woman and her words are not only powerful, but in a man’s world will stand the test of time.
Lines My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun – In Corners – till a Day The Owner passed – identified – And carried Me away – We’re going to take these lines slowly. Among major poets, Dickinson is about as far away from easy-to-read prose as you can get.
Today, few would deny that Emily Dickinson is an important figure in American literature. The numerous ways to interpret her poetry draws more and more readers into her publications.
It’s as if everyone could interpret Dickinson’s poems into his or her personal life; seeing the poems the wa. My life had stood—a Loaded Gun— Homework Help Questions What are two literary techniques in "My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun" by Emily Dickinson that One technique is allegory.
In this article we analyse Emily Dickinson's poem "My life had stood a loaded gun" using a specific methodology that combines linguistic and literary theory. The first step is a textual analysis.