Emily Dickinsons Poetry

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Emily Dickinsons Poetry

Emily Dickinson was raised in a traditional New England home in the mid 1800's. Her father
along with the rest of the family had become Christians and she alone decided to rebel
against that and reject the Church. She like many of her contemporaries had rejected the
traditional views in life and adopted the new transcendental outlook.Massachusetts, the
state where Emily was born and raised in, before the transcendental period was the
epicenter of religious practice. Founded by the puritans, the feeling of the avenging had
never left the people. After all of the "Great Awakenings" and religious revivals the
people of New England began to question the old ways. What used to be the focal point of
all lives was now under speculation and often doubted. People began to search for new
meanings in life. People like Emerson and Thoreau believed that answers lie in the
individual. Emerson set the tone for the era when he said, "Whoso would be a [hu]man, must
be a non-conformist." Emily Dickinson believed and practiced this philosophy. When she was
young she was brought up by a stern and austere father. In her childhood she was shy and
already different from the others. Like all the Dickinson children, male or female, Emily
was sent for formal education in Amherst Academy. After attending Amherst Academy with
conscientious thinkers such as Helen Hunt Jackson, and after reading many of Emerson's
essays, she began to develop into a free willed person. Many of her friends had converted
to Christianity, her family was also putting enormous amount of pressure for her to
convert. No longer the submissive youngster she would not bend her will on such issues as
religion, literature and personal associations.She maintained a correspondence with Rev.
Charles Wadsworth over a substantial period of time. Even though she rejected the Church
as a entity she never did reject or accept God. Wadsworth appealed to her because he had
an incredibly powerful mind and deep emotions. When he left the East in 1861 Emily was
scarred and expressed her deep sorrow in three successive poems in the following years.
They were never romantically involved but their relationship was apparently so profound
that Emily's feelings for him she sealed herself from the outside world. Her life became
filled with gloom and despair until she met Judge Otis P. Lord late in her life. Realizing
that they were well into their lives they never were married. When Lord passed away
Emily's health condition which has been hindered since childhood worsened.In Emily's life
the most important things to her were love, religion, individuality and nature. When
discussing these themes she followed her lifestyle and broke away from traditional forms
of writing and wrote with an intense energy and complexity never seen before and rarely
seen today. She was a rarity not only because of her poetry but because she was one of the
first female pioneers into the field of poetry. Emily often speaks of love in her poems,
but she did it in such a way that would make people not want to fall in love. She writes
of parting, separation and loss. This is supported by the experiences she felt with
Wadsworth and Otis P. Lord.Not with a club the heart is broken,nor with a stone;A whip so
small you could not see it,I've knownThis seems to be an actual account of the emotions
she experienced during her relationship with Otis Lord.Individuality played a pervasive
role in her life as a result of her bout with separation. Emily did not conform to
society. She did not believe it was society's place to dictate to her how she should lead
her life. Her poems reflect this sense of rebellion and revolution against tradition.From
all the jails the boys and girlsEcstatically leap,-Beloved, only afternoonThat prison
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