Does "Precious Words" by Emily Dickinson suggest that a special set of circumstances is required to evoke delight?   "Precious Words" by Emily Dickinson

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One could certainly suggest that Emily Dickinson is suggesting "that a special set of circumstances is required to evoke delight" in the poem "Precious Words."

That being said, one could also justify that the special circumstances, as stated in the poem, are only relevant if the person is facing similar circumstances as the man depicted in the poem.

While one would like to see the first being more true than the second, one must first be willing to admit to the power of religion and God/god. Without this, one could not read the poem and universalize the specific set of circumstances, as noted in the poem, as being circumstances which work for them.


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