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Posted May 30, 2013 at 1:05 AM via web

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In the poem "Will There Really be a 'Morning'" why might Emily Dickinson have chosen to capitalize the words she did? 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 30, 2013 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Dickinson chose to capitalize nouns to emphasize specific nouns.

You will notice that Dickinson capitalized many words in the poem, including “Morning” and “Day.”  The words she chose are all nouns related to the tone of the poem.  The poem emphasizes daily life, and how we need to stop and celebrate it.

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Notice that in this paragraph the words Water and Bird are capitalized, but not “countries.”  This is because “countries” is not a specific noun.  It does not refer to a specific place.  The lilies are emphasized by the Water part of their name.  Note that “lilies” is not capitalized.  The lilies are generalized, the Water lilies are specific.  They refer to the morning and the day that Dickinson is exploring.

The poem does not have to be interpreted as helpless or hopeless.  The speaker is looking for answers from people who know (Scholar, Sailor), but this does not mean she stops looking herself.  She might be trapped in perpetual darkness, but she might just be lost in constant wonder.


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