“Emily Dickinson had seen the ravages of the Civil War. She watched as many of Amherst’s finest young men returned home to a hero’s funeral” (31)
Having lived through the Civil, Emily Dickinson saw tragic things. This influenced her writing. “Victory Comes Late” may have been influenced by the death of a soldier. She wrote to let out her feelings. She questions god when she says, “I have read of Christ’s temptations”.
Our life experiences influences our writing greatly. There is less research to do, if you have lived through it. It also makes us more passionate writers.