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Influence of Personal Experience in Emily Dickinsons poetry- literary criticismNone of Emily Dickinson s readers has met the woman who lived and died in Amherst Massachusetts more than a century ago yet most of those same readers feel as if they know her closely Her reclusive life made understanding her quite difficult However taking a close look at her verses one can learn a great deal about this remarkable woman The poetry of Emily Dickinson delves deep into her mind exposing her personal experiences and their influence on her thoughts about religion love and death By examining her life some and reading her poetry in a certain light one can see an obvious autobiographical connection All the beliefs and emotions Emily Dickinson wrote about were based in one way or another on the same aspect of her upbringing which was religion During her childhood life in Amherst was based strongly upon religion and Puritan values The distinctive Puritan virtues of simplicity austerity hard work and denial of flesh were ever-present disciplines in Emily s life Sewall 22 Despite her stubborn denials to be labeled she was very much of a New Englander Cynthia Griffen Wolff author of Emily Dickinson points out that Emily knew every line of the Bible intimately quoted from it extensively and referred to it many more times than she referred to any other work yet in this regard she was not unusual by Amherst s standards 72 The most prominent figure of religious virtues in her life was her father Edward Dickinson Reading the Bible to his children and speaking in town of religious ethics were daily events in his life At home he tried to raise his children in the rigorous religion of their ancestors however his methods appeared quite harsh People who knew the Dickinsons referred to Edward as a severe latter-day Puritan a power-minded tyrant and his home was often depicted as a gloomy prison Sewall
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