A reference guide to the Bible in Emily Dickinson's poetry by Fordyce R. Bennett

By Fordyce R. Bennett

The poems of Emily Dickinson owe a lot to the King James Bible for tale and state of affairs, syntax, symbolism and imagery, notion, and masses extra. Bennett makes an attempt to spot the entire verbatim prices from the licensed model of the King James Bible which seem within the 3 quantity Johnson version of Dickinson's poetry, in addition to biblical backgrounds, characters, parallels, principles, and echoes. appropriate poems are handled sequentially, starting with the 1st poem of Johnson's first quantity. move references to different poems, letters, and prose fragments are supplied, in addition to to straightforward reference works of the time. the place correct, short explanatory fabric is further. Interpretation, although unavoidable, has been constrained to short parenthetical and terminal reviews simply the place suggestion beneficial. for simple examine, the references to textual and biographical backgrounds have heavily the first Dickinson assets. a very good buy for faculty and college libraries and for prime faculties the place Dickinson's poetry is taught.

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17 "Soft . . 19 "Heaven": Rev 21-22 Comment: See Poems, I, 106. 150 She died-this was the way she died. 5 "Her . . 6 "The . . 8 "Upon . . side": ICo 15:53-54 Comment: See Poems, I, 107. 1-2 "Mute . . 3 "Fold . . 4 "In . . 8 "Master . . I": Mt 23:10; Eph 6:9; Col 4:1 Comment: Perhaps an early "White Election" poem that stands in striking contrast to the later work (P528). 1-2 "Dust . . 14 "Christ . . nest": ICo 15:57 Comment: See Poems, I, 109-110. 4 "A . . 5 "Except . . 9,11 "smallest Housewife," "face": Mt 6:28-29 (the "smallest Housewife" becomes emblematic within the spiritually saturated iconography of the landscape of P154: "Heaven," "Angels," "Bee," "flower," "winds," "Butterflies," and "dew": P154 may be a very sophisticated sympathy card intended to bolster the poet's sister-in-law) Comment: See Poems, I, 110-I 11.

9-10 "'Oh . . o'er' ": De 34:1-4 (Moses viewed the promised land from the top of Mt. Nebo, an experience "typic" of a view of Heaven) Comment: See Poems, I, 82-83. 2,11,14 "And . . law": Ge 18:25; Ps 19:7-8; 24:1; 89:14; Ac 3; 14; 7:52; 10:42; Ro 7:12; 12:2; IITi 4:8; Jas 5:9; Heb 12:23 (the wit of P116 turns on the KJV conception of an omnipotent God, who is Law, Justice, the Just, the Righteous, and the Judge, brought to trial in order that the poet might "vindicate the law") Comment: See Poems, I, 85.

Day": Rev 7:16; 9:7-9; 22:1-2, 17 (the New Jerusalem promises the tree of life as well as the absence of hunger oral gratification for the "Mouse" who wishes to eat rather than be eaten; an early expression of her dissatisfaction with the Beatitudes philosophy of poverty, mourning, and hunger below all for the delayed vision of God above, P61 is parodic of The Lord's Prayer which promises "daily bread" for her circuit world as well as the fulfillment of God's will here below as in Heavenhe latter conception she pokes fun at as "unsuspecting Cycles" unconcerned about the sublunary world of "Cat'' and "Mouse") 62 "Sown in dishonor"!

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