At a glance:
- Author: Emily Dickinson
- First Published: 1960
- Type of Work: Poetry
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: United States or Americans, Love or romance, Gender roles, Nature, Authors or writers, Nineteenth century, Literature, Poetry or poets, Women, Death or dying, Conformity, Life, philosophy of, Romanticism, Psychoanalysis or psychoanalysts
*Amherst. Massachusetts town where Dickinson lived, about ninety miles west of Boston. Although her poems mention Amherst by name only twice, it is organic to Dickinson’s poetry. She absorbed the old-fashioned Calvinism of nineteenth century Amherst. At the congregational church she attended in childhood, sermons depicted a wrathful God and threatened everlasting punishment. Dickinson frequently chose religious subjects, and yet, with the contrariety endemic to New Englanders, she rebelled far more than she acquiesced. In a few instances,...
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