Heaven and Earth in the Literary Functions of Emily Dickinson
Earth, and Emily Dickinson
will certainly interpret the poetry of Emily Dickinson just as,
overwhelmingly, celebratory of dynamics and dismissive of a Christian
god and afterlife. "Some keep carefully the Sabbath," for example,
is common in its compliment of the natural community, affording a contented
narrator, instead of church fixtures, "a good Bobolink for a
Chorister-/And an Orchard, for a Dome." This praise
concurrently dethrones heaven in seeming rejection of religious beliefs.
Still different poems, like "There's a specific Slant of light,"
talk about heaven as the tyrannical bearer of "Heavenly Harm."
Dickinson's acceptance of kind aspect, however, do not need to bring a
disavowal of faith. When the narrator in "Sabbath"
claims to "put on [their] wings," they advise that heaven
merges with, instead of departing from, nature, a note more
reflective of her poetry's collective personality. Dickinson's poetry
tends to point never to an uplifting or reducing of aspect or heaven,
but instead toward heaven's simultaneous encompassing of dynamics and
sameness with it.
will portray the holy and ethereal as, if certainly not cruel and
domineering, stupefying. In "This World isn't conclusion,"
the speaker phone calls the denizens of heaven "a Species" that
"stands beyond" in addition world, but also what many
call the best of human understanding: "It beckons, and it
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