Title divine—is mine!

by Emily Dickinson

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 197

"Title divine—is mine!" by Emily Dickinson is a poem that uses a subtle Christian theme to convey her thoughts on womanhood, particularly in relation to her own life, and her identity within society. The poem should be read within the context of the Seven Sacraments. This theme is most prominent in the line, "Born-Bridled-Shrouded."

One of the first things to note is Emily Dickinson's status during the time period (1830-1886). By that era's standards, Dickinson is considered unusual because women were expected to get married, have children, and become homemakers. Dickinson was never married, did not have children, and she wrote literature, which at the time was a male-dominated career.

Dickinson was pressured by some of her family members, friends, and society as a whole to become someone's wife. In this poem, Dickinson questions her own choice of remaining a single woman and becoming a recluse. She ponders whether she was sinning by not marrying and bearing children.

However, the line, "Is this--the way?" can also be interpreted as a criticism on the patriarchal nature of Christianity. The poem critiques the values of the Bible while Dickinson tries to figure out the right path in life.

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