As a member of the Christian faith, I find it fairly recognizable on what Emily Dickinson’s views are towards religion. Pessimistic. One of the many adjectives that come to mind when describing her views, especially after reading both poems “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers” & “Some keep the Sabbath”. Poems that touch upon the concept of religion, one viewing the current state of human life and the other, afterlife. Through analysis of both, these two Dickinson 's poems possibly define her overall view upon the disciplined, religious faith. Such views could also perhaps coincide with earlier poet, Walt Whitman, whom also shares some common ideas of faith and God. Therefore it is appropriate to break down each poem, stanza by stanza, to truly understand how she felt about her faith through the poems.
Regarding to her poem stressing on the outlook of what she considers her house of “worship”, Dickinson begins by describing her way of keeping the Sabbath. Within the two first lines of the stanza, it is understood that she’d rather spend her day of the Sabbath at ho...
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