Poet: Emily Dickinson
Like eyes that looked on Wastes
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Comment 2 of 2, added on April 15th, 2014 at 10:52 PM.
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Comment 1 of 2, added on March 19th, 2006 at 2:11 PM.
The poem “Like Eyes that Looked on Wastes” is a poem that deals with Emily’s identity problem and is key in understanding Emily’s life as a daughter. She denies reality which only creates more confusion about her identity and she haunts herself about being a poet in a woman’s body. The poem is like she is looking into a mirror in which two separate selves, a poet and a woman, emerge in a face to face encounter. In the second stanza she looks into the mirror and sees a hopeless and endless procession of nothing, which is herself. She then realizes that the self that creates the mask of the daughter is the same self that creates the poetry, not two separate selves.
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