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This poem focuses only on the effect of a certain kind of light that the speaker notices on winter afternoons. It quickly becomes clear that this is not going to be a poem extolling nature or winter light’s virtues, for this light “oppresses.”
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63. “Ample make this bed.” Dickinson, Emily. 1924. Complete Poems
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Emily Dickinson’s Collected Poems “There’s a certain …
In the first stanza the depressing mood is created straight away by
the poet's use of commands, which created the impression that he
wanted the whole world to come to a stand still:
"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone"
These particular commands are demanding silence from everyone as he is
requesting silence from everyone as he wants the clocks to stop
ticking, the phone to stop ringing, the dog to be quiet and basically
every aspect of normal, everyday life to come to a halt.
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This poem very closely describes a fairly common theme of Dickinson’s—that of change as a fearful but illuminating process, both painful and essential. Here this awe of change is embodied in the “certain Slant of light” that becomes the place of departure for the transformation. This slant of light is oppressive, but this is no simple, purely negative oppression, it is instead oppressive like “the Heft/Of Cathedral Tunes –.”