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A reference guide to the Bible in Emily Dickinson's poetry - download pdf or read online

By Fordyce R. Bennett

ISBN-10: 081083247X

ISBN-13: 9780810832473

The poems of Emily Dickinson owe a lot to the King James Bible for tale and state of affairs, syntax, symbolism and imagery, concept, and lots more and plenty extra. Bennett makes an attempt to spot all of the verbatim rates from the licensed model of the King James Bible which look within the 3 quantity Johnson variation of Dickinson's poetry, in addition to biblical backgrounds, characters, parallels, principles, and echoes. correct poems are taken care of sequentially, starting with the 1st poem of Johnson's first quantity. pass references to different poems, letters, and prose fragments are supplied, in addition to to plain reference works of the time. the place correct, short explanatory fabric is further. Interpretation, notwithstanding unavoidable, has been restricted to short parenthetical and terminal reviews purely the place notion valuable. for simple learn, the references to textual and biographical backgrounds have heavily the first Dickinson assets. a very good buy for faculty and collage libraries and for prime faculties the place Dickinson's poetry is taught.

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1 "If . . 18 "Doubtful . . crowned": Rev 2:10; 3:11; 4:4, 10 Comment: See Poems, I, 43-44. 1 "A . . 3 "A . . 5 "Till . . 7-8 "The . . 9 "Not . . 10-11 "'I . . 12 "The . . 13 "Light . . 16 "Found . . God": Ge 32:30b ("for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved"); see also Ho 12:3-4 and the discussion of Ge 32 by Roland Barthes in Image-Music-Text Comment: Although whimsical in tone, P59 veils a deep-seated anxiety of the poet regarding the absence of God, obliquely expressing an envy for that face-to-face ideal presence, shared for example by Jacob and Moses, which for her was "typic" of the beatific vision (Rev 22:4).

6 "Lingers . . 5-8 "Angels' . . Soul": Rev 7, 9, 12 (wars in Heaven and earth between the "Angels" and ''Imps") Comment: Drama and dissonance are heightened by the poet's choice of the lexicon of politics and gambling"toss," "hazard," "ballot," "Caucus," "Raffle"to meditate upon the soul's eternal destiny. The wry wit of her vision of devils in a smoke-filled caucus room may have been her oblique gibe at male politics and theology. 15 "Nicodemus' Mystery": Joh 3:1-8; ICo 15:51 (April is viewed as the transition time of rebirth and/or resurrection) Comment: See Poems, I, 99-100.

9 "Too . . 12 "Cruising . . line": Ca 3:10; 7:5 Comment: The passionate attractiveness of "Flowers" to "men" is a "system of aesthetics" that overwhelms the ''simple breast" of the speaker in P137. The poem apparently celebrates the mysterious intensity of profane love and its beauty, confessing at the same time some limit of imaginative sympathy. 12-14 "I . . her": Ro 3:24; 5:21; 6:23; IITi 1:9 (grace is the unmerited favor of God, the guarantor of salvation and eternal life; in the religio-aesthetic lexicon of P138 the "grace" of the ideally Page 23 circumferential rose is its beauty, acceding to the poet's wish to appropriate it as a substitute face with which she dwells in a state transcending that of royalty, a state "typic" of dwelling in eternity with God, Rev 21:3) Comment: See Poems, I, 98-99.

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