Essay 3 - Emily Dickinson Truly Free Emily Dickinson's...

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Emily Dickinson: Truly Free Emily Dickinson’s incredible insights on religion and spirituality in her poetry have always elevated her to a position of glory throughout the minds of readers and critics alike. Her ideas and commentary on death, the church, and the modern Christian mind have always rung exceptionally clear to the questioning Christian, and have brought thoughts of religion and personal spirituality to new heights. However, critics often focus in upon the emotional and spiritual turmoil demonstrated in her poetry as a result of her disconnect with society or a natural discourse of her femininity. Personally, I don’t believe that these claims are well founded. Dickinson’s mind was clear and vigilant in her journey for spirituality. In his criticism of Dickinson’s poetry George Whicher maintained “that poetry was for Dickinson an escape from the pain and isolation caused by an unhappy love affair”. While I agree that perhaps this emotional strain influenced a lot of Dickinson’s work, I don’t believe that her poetry was the inherent result of this affliction. If it were, much more of her poetry would be focused upon her own pain as opposed to the reality of her work being focused upon her thoughts on religion and spirituality. From some of her best-known work (“This world is not conclusion”, “I heard a fly buzz—when I died”,
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course ENG 225 taught by Professor Zacharias during the Spring '07 term at Palomar.

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