Write 5 pages thesis on the topic the poems of emily dickinson. Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, at Amherst in Massachusetts, the daughter of . Edward Dickinson, a prominent and influential lawyer in Amherst. (Myerson, 34) Her siblings were her brother Austin and her sister, Lavinia. She was a timid, self-effacing woman who never found fulfilment in any love affair but lived a solitary life that set her on the path to a close relationship with God and a concern with spirituality and death. She unsuccessfully endeavoured to her get poems published all her life, but their unconventional nature was often the hindering factor. It was only after her death that the efforts of her sister Lavinia and her brother’s lover, Mabel Todd coupled with the editor Higginson, resulted in her works being published slowly. However, they were toned down from the unconventional original. It was only many years after her death that the original versions of her poems have been published, with many new ones coming to light after having been hidden away for years due to the Dickinson family feuds.
Throughout these poems, Dickinson appears to be rebelling against the strictly circumscribed role assigned to women in her day, and her rebellion against God appears to symbolize her rebellion against the supremacy of men that existed in her day, against which her poetry was her only outlet.
.In many ways, Dickinson’s poetry is an expression of the events and frustrations she faced in her own life in her confrontations with men and her inability to persuade them to her way of thinking – from her strict father to the refusal of publishers such as Samuel Bowles and Higginson to publish her poetry (Myerson 34-45). Dickinson’s rejection of the image of God as her father may be directly related to the cruel and repressive images of manhood that she was subjected to throughout her life. The poems of Dickinson are, therefore, how she was able to express her independence and individuality as a woman, distinct from the docile image she was expected to conform to but which was repellant to her soul.
Eberwein characterizes the poet’s struggle to retain her individuality and her ambivalence towards God as follows: “She finds him fascinating and cruel and knows that she must somehow evade his dominance that reduces her to a condition of feminine victimization even as she gathers to herself his power.” (Eberwein 123). .