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Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Reading of Greek Mythology

Title
Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Reading of Greek Mythology
Author
장정우
Keywords
Emily Dickinson; Selfhood Greek; Mythology; Midas; Orpheus; Poetic World
Issue Date
2016-06
Publisher
한국현대영미시학회
Citation
현대영미시연구, v. 22, No. 1, Page. 207-228
Abstract
Emily Dickinson’s relation to Greek antiquity is an interesting topic in the sense that it shows how she responds to the ancient world. In fact, she makes direct references to Greek antiquity in 20 of her poems. Her specific reference to Greek mythological characters is much less frequent, but the poet powerfully advocates selfhood and identity in relation to them. She employs several mythological figures such as Prometheus, Amphitrite, Memnon, Midas, Jason, and Orpheus in her poems. When she refers to each mythic character, she reinterprets their roles in relation to her poetic world. She doubts, rejects, transforms, and identifies with Greek mythological characters. She is not so much overshadowed by mythological figures but challenges them to claim her unmistakable selfhood and identity. In other words, she appropriates mythological figures for the purpose of creating her poetic world. Her emphasis on her own selfhood and authority leads her to create her own mythic world. This essay aims to give a clearer picture of how Dickinson reads and interprets Greek mythology.
URI
http://kiss.kstudy.com/thesis/thesis-view.asp?key=3451611https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/102485
ISSN
1598-138X
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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