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What type of poems did Emily Dickenson write?

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Emily Dickenson's poetry was primarily inspired by the things that intrigued her, but given the form and style she used, most of her poetry pieces are described as lyrics on subjects such as nature, law, religion and the identity of the self. Dickenson is often compared to Keats, as they were both passionate poets.

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While Dickenson covered a variety of subjects in her poetry, she often used similar stylistic nuances in many of her works that made it unique. One such characteristic was Dickenson's liberal use of dashes when ending a line of verse. This was often used to replace traditional grammar such as commas or periods.

Dickenson would also often capitalize words in the middle of a line, something not usually done in poetry (capitalization is normally reserved for the first word of a new line). There is still no solid indication of why Dickenson did this, although it adds to the uniqueness of her overall style.

When editing, Dickenson tended to focus on the words themselves rather than form, and often employed common meter in her works. In terms of rhyme, much like her use of capitalization, it was often experimental or in the form of slant rhyme. While popular in modern poetry, it was not common practice among Dickenson's contemporaries.

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