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that the death of a flower is a commonly occurring event. She uses this scene as a metaphorical representation of life, the flower acting as the lives of everyday people and the frost being whatever evil happens to occur. The tone of indifference and its contrast with the scene being described shows that Dickinson is frustrated with indifference to the violence that has become an everyday part of life, and can also be seen as an allusion to the Civil War, which would have been a prominent topic during Dickinson’s life. She furthers this opinion in the next stanza: “The Sun proceeds unmoved / To measure off another Day / For an Approving God” (Dickinson 6-8). Dickinson continues her metaphor, representing God with an overseeing sun. In this stanza, her religious conflicts become evident, as she portrays God as completely apathetic, contrary to the beliefs of the religion she was raised in. She questions those who believe God to be compassionate, as the atrocities that happen to good people seem to go unnoticed. This is likely a reflection on Dickinson’s own life, as her own personal struggles, the sickness and death of her mother, and her own personal heartbreak, seemed to occur due to the cruelty of God, rather than the benevolence. She uses this metaphor as an effective method of questioning the portrayal of God with which she was raised. Dickinson also expresses her idea of what it means to have faith through extended metaphor in “I Never Saw a Moor”. Again bringing nature into her work, Dickinson describes several scenes, yet none that she has experienced: “I never saw a Moor-- / I never saw the Sea-- / Yet know I how the Heather looks / And what a Billow be” (Dickinson 1-4). Though Dickinson states that she has never been able to visit these natural wonders, she has heard secondhand, through other people and artistic portrayal, and is still able to appreciate their beauty. She has no

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