"Witchcraft was hung, in History,But History and IFind all the Witchcraft that we needAround us, every Day --" i can't understand the analysis or summary of this quote. what is this quote saying?...


"Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day --"

 i can't understand the analysis or summary of this quote. what is this quote saying? please hlp me... i am really tensed!

is ths have to do something with trial or crime?

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Emily Dickinson's poetry often communicates layers of meaning and subtext beneath the simple lines of verse. What she is referring to in the first line, that witchcraft was "hung in history," is the European and North American witch trials that occurred over the course of several hundred years. These trials and the accompanying cultural upheaval are seen to have been caused by pervasive suspicion and sexist attitudes towards women. Dickinson, herself a feminist, albeit a circumspect and solitary one, is referring to "all the witchcraft she needs around her every day", i.e. the magic or mystery in everyday life that is a direct result of her identity as a woman. She is not literally referring to witchcraft, but to the kinds of things thought of as witchcraft during the witchcraze days, like intuition, love of nature, belief in coincidence and fate.

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