Emily Dickenson

analytical Essay
1120 words
1120 words

Emily Dickenson

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.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how emily's poems reflect a sense of rebellion and revolution against tradition.
  • Analyzes how emily shows her feelings towards formalized schooling, but as her beliefs in transcendentalism grew, so did her belief in individuality. she also went against the church which was an extreme rarity of the time.
  • Analyzes how the poet asks if the scholar or "some wise man" from the poem is a scholar.
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