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Elements that Influenced the Poems of Emily Dickinson Many times an authors works reveal the events that were occurring during or around the time that they authored some work whether it be poetry short fiction or novel Sometimes the major events that occur in their lives or things that were constantly present in their lives also appear in the authors works Many of Emily Dickinsons poems reflect events or ideas that one can compare with her biography Such use of personal feelings and influences give her poems their own sense of uniqueness Emily Dickinson lived from 1830 to 1886 Her father was a strict Calvinist who disapproved of all books but the Bible and who attempted to force his religion upon his daughter as well Emilys mother had little influence on her life since she was an extremely passive person who probably did not want to do anything that would contradict Emilys father During her younger years Emily attended Amhurst Academy in Massachusetts and later attended Mount Holyoke Seminary However she only attended that college a short while before dropping out Emily Dickinson was never married though she kept up a continual letter correspondence with Reverend Charles Wadsworth whom she only met twice until his death This man was possibly her only true love Jackson During her life Emily Dickinson wrote 1700 poems only ten of which were published during her lifetime She was known to be extremely reclusive and preferred to wear only white It was not until after many years after her death that all of her poems were finally published Emilys poems often include many key Calvinist terms such as seal covenant ordinance and promise even though she basically rejected that religion One of her poems He Put the Belt Around My Life possibly represents the Calvinist belief in predestination She says Henceforth a Dedicated sort--A Member of the Cloud Dickinson Belt Around My Life 7-8 This line seems to symbolize Emilys
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