FC: Emily Dickinson | By: Donna Hantz
1: In poetry there are many famous writers such as: Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson is one the the most interesting female writes in poetry. Scholars categorize her poems with the Romanticism and Transcendentalism movement. Scholars have argued that Emily's poems about theology were very negative. Emily Dickinson expressed her religious beliefs through her poetry.
2: Emily Dickinson was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily died May 15, 1886 at the age of fifty-six. She was the daughter of Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross. Emily went to school at Mount Holyoke for girls. The other girls attending the school declared their faith as Christianity, whereas Emily did not do so. Although Emily believed in Heaven and immortality. There were three privations that hurt Emily to make her decision on her faith: deprived of steady religion, love, and literary acknowledgment.
3: Emily's poetry can be understood as spiritual exercise. Although scholars argue that Emily Dickinson had no faith, many of her poems have God or some religious meaning in the background. An example would be "He fumbles at your soul" (poem 315). In this poem Emily speaks of God and death. In the last stanza she talks about how God can take you by taking your soul.
4: There were many people that influenced Emily in her Life. Benjamin Franklin Newton, T.W. Higginson, and Reverend Charles Wadsworth, who was her spiritual adviser. Another poem that reflects Emily's faith is "Of God we ask one favor." The audience can take away that we should ask God for forgiveness because we all have are faults and we need forgiveness in our everyday life.
5: Being a transcendentalist Emily believed that the universe as a whole, the "One is All, the absolute". Emily thought there was something to be gained by perception for the assuming subject but only at the cost of losing the absolute, meaning the perfect and divine, which thereafter we can blame or reprimand that it can be removed from one. for example Emily's writing style of absolute , as the absolute being an Object is deeper realism of any object, but not object itself, but through perception.
6: Emily's poem "Going to Heaven!" (128) showed her conflict with Christianity and the Christian's views of immortality, and how this terrified and angered her. In this poem Emily shows that she believes in predestination and heaven. The line in the poem "yet it will be done" is an unemphatic and unwilling statement of faith, but a statement of faith nonetheless.
7: One could say that Emily's love for life and the natural world was constant in her writings. Emily, like many other feminist theologians, refused to look past the earth in order to stay focus on the ends of things. In her poem 128 Emily shows the audience her Christian faith as the means to questioning that faith and testing the promise both to the fullness of life and the assurance of grace. Emily believed that there was predestination, Heaven, earth, and immortality. Also being a transcendentalist she believed the universe as a whole, the "One is All, the absolute."