The Burning Love in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Abstract

As a distinguished female poet, Emily Dickinson is considered to write many love poems in her life time. This paper attempts to understand the burning love through the implicit and explicit representation in her love poems. Through the use of the binary opposition and the bold description of the sexual affairs between lovers, the yearning for love is represented in her poems. Whether it is implicit or explicit description, the inequality between the male and the female is fully represented through Dickinson’s love poems. The female not only suffered the emotional repression in a love relationship, but also is reduced to the subordinate social status in every aspects of the Victorian society.