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How can I compare/contrast the theme in "I Taste A Liquor Never Brewed--" with the theme in the short story "The Drunkard"?

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It is important to realise that the "liquor" that the speaker in Dickinson's poem confesses she indulges in to excess is not actually alcohol. Dickinson actually creates an extended metaphor in the "liquor never brewed," comparing it throughout to her joy in nature that is endless and she can never get enough off. Note how the speaker describes herself in the second stanza:

Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.

Here she uses words that we normally associate with drunkards, such as "Inebriate"...

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