I would like an analysis of Emily Dickinson's poem "A something in a summer's day" in regards to Transcendentalism.

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According to one of the founders of the Transcendental period, the purpose of the period was for people to find a way to relate to the universe in their own personal way (Ralph Waldo Emerson). This being said, one would not necessarily have to write as a Transcendentalist to be considered one. Instead, the poet, or author, would simply need to show that they are relating to the universe on an individual level.

Given that Transcendentalism was a movement of which took place during the 1830s and 1840s, and Dickinson was born in 1830, she is not technically able to be considered a part of the Transcendental movement. Dickinson is historically recognized as a Romantic, given the period she wrote in, event though she typically stayed away from the Romantic ideas.

In her poem "A something in a summer's day", Dickinson reflects on the importance a summer day has on her life. The day is described as one which "solemnizes", "transcends", and "transports." In this fashion, the poem could be considered to be Transcendental based upon the fact that Dickinson recognizes her relation the the universe based upon the impact of nature (another of the Romantic's typical influences).


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