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Love Themes in Emily Dickinsons PoetryIn evaluating Emily Dickinsons biography and poems I surmised that excluding the love of father brother and her deceased nephew Emilys knowledge of romantic love by first-hand experience is questionable The pure-of-mind reader may believe that what familiarity she had about love matters might have been based mainly on her extensive reading of literature Emily was an avid reader and was particularly fond of among others Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Dickens She especially doted on the Bronte sisters Elizabeth Barrett Browning George Eliot 182-183 According to The Norton Anthologys biographical sketch on Emily she had never married or had factually known a sexual partner The Biography relates that some believed that she might have been the lover of any one of the men she had close relations with Through her poetry and letter writing her public can only speculate about her having had affairs with married men and with Susan Gilbert her childhood female friend who later became her sister-in-law 182-184 One of Emilys poems that make the some readers believe that she did in fact not pass on without experiencing carnal knowledge is In the majority of her poetry Emily portrays many more poems whose themes deal with death immortality and nature than with romantic love Love however is present throughout a good number of her poems though subtle at times The latter of course is left up to the imagination of the reader In her poetry Emily writes with ardor and though she never mentions a lover by name it is believe that the object of her affections was a reverend from Philadelphia named Charles Wadsworth The object of her love poems could have also been any of the other male acquaintances mentioned in the biography She could have also been fantasizingEmilys love themes are ardent with metaphors that show the many emotions associated with love and even carnal knowledge Her poems exemplify the very
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