Can you provide an explanation of Emily Dickinson's poem "I dwell in Possibility"?  

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In Emily Dickinson’s “I dwell in Possibility,” she writes through a first person narrator who lives with the understanding that all things are possible. This seems a contradiction because Dickinson was considered a recluse. In this poem, she applies her imagination to describe and interpret limitless possibilities.

She proceeds to describe “Possibility” by comparing it to a house that is superior to all others. The house is better than the words she so fondly plies into poetry; it has many windows and perfect doors. The author uses capitalization of words such as “House,” “Windows,” and “Doors,” for emphasis. Next, she describes the bedroom chambers made of strong everlasting, fragrant cedar, and a roof that is open to the limitless sky. This land of fulfillment is filled with the best people. Dickinson is using this ideal place as a metaphor for a world of unlimited opportunities.