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The Influences of Emily Dickinson


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The Influences of Emily Dickinson

  1. 1. Emily Dickinson<br />What Made Her Write the Way she did<br />By Ieva Bytautaite<br />
  2. 2. What Influenced Emily Dickinson?<br />Growing up in a Puritan society<br />Her isolated life<br />Secret, unrequited love<br />
  3. 3. Growing up in a Puritan Society<br />Emily Dickinson never simply went along with everyone else<br />She questioned the things that were taught to her in Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, especially the teachings about sin an salvation<br />Dickinson considered herself “one of the bad ones” (Untermeyer 580) because of her refusal to simply believe everything taught to her<br />
  4. 4. Growing up in a Puritan Society cont.<br />Many of her poems mention God and religion in a nonconventional way<br />These ideas are presented in a very unusual way, usually causing a raised eyebrow when read by religious mind, especially those during her time<br />
  5. 5. Her Isolated Life<br />The isolation from society helped Emily Dickinson’s style evolve into one that can be recognized by the first verse<br />This isolation “offered the opportunity for her to explore her mind” (Daniels 2) something she found very important<br />She wrote her poems as a way of expressing her deepest feelings, and was not concerned about publishing them<br />
  6. 6. Secret, unrequited love<br />The two men that influenced her poems the most were Benjamin Franklin Newton and Reverend Charles Wadsworth<br />Those of these friendships were strictly platonic <br />Her desire for more intimacy helped her produce some of her most remarkable poems<br />
  7. 7. Secret, unrequited love cont.<br />The death of Benjamin Franklin Newton was greatly reflected in her heartfelt poems<br /> Her love for Reverend Charles Wadsworth was never answered and her desire for his love can be seen in her poems<br />
  8. 8. Conclusion<br />All these influences, and many more, combined helped shape Emily Dickinson’s style into something the world had never seen before<br />It is this originality that distinguishes her from the other great poets of the 19th and 20th centuries<br />
  9. 9. Works Cited<br />Untermeyer, Louis. Lives of the Poets. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.<br />Daniels, Patsy J. &quot;The Gap in Emily Dickinson’s Consciousness: Buddhism in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry. (Cover story).&quot; Jackson State University Researcher 21.3 (2007): 1-31. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 15 Nov. 2009.<br />