How would you describe literary interiority and exteriority? How does the form of poetry factor into your description of literary interiority and exteriority? Provide examples of how a character’s psychological state controls action.

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In literature, interiority refers to the quality of revealing or emphasizing a character’s internal workings, whether spiritual or psychological. A poem that is written using first-person perspective is more likely to reveal those internal dimensions, which may include profound emotions such as love or grief, or a conflict which the speaker is trying to resolve. Exteriority, in contrast, focuses more on factors outside the individual and may downplay or avoid direct reference to emotions. In such cases, the reader is left to extrapolate the interior issues which the poet aims to communicate.

One very well-known poet who uses both interior-focused expressions and exterior-oriented environment or third-person descriptions is Emily Dickinson. Her...

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