American literature | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Phillip Stambovsky

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of American literature.
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Critical Essay by Phillip Stambovsky

SOURCE: “Emily Dickinson's ‘The Last Night that She Lived’: Explorations of a Witnessing Spirit,” in Concerning Poetry, Vol. 19, 1986, pp. 87-93.

In the following essay, Stambovsky offers a detailed reading of “The Last Night that She Lived,” asserting that Dickinson accepts the reality of death through her “intimate confrontation” with it in the poem.

Emily Dickinson's “The Last Night that She Lived” is a psychologically acute rendering of an unhinging spiritual experience. Far from being an immersion in morbid pathos, however, the poem is a brilliantly searching study of the consciousness of witnessing a death.

The last Night that She lived It was a Common Night Except the Dying—this to Us Made Nature different 
We noticed smallest things...

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