Dickinson's Spirit Suffered

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Suffering and Spirituality in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson by Neil Scheurich


"Emily Dickinson's poetry as a springboard of sorts for a more specific and useful notion of spirituality, inhering in the twofold nature of human beings as both embodied and conscious creatures".  We will never know the whole truth behind what Emily Dickinson did or didn't think, feel or believe.  What Scheurich tries to conclude is the paradoxical differences between the spirit and the body.  He states that spiritual and religious beliefs are two different things. Upon his research he quotes from Sulmasy "even atheists have a spirituality by virtue of their rejection of such values (of religion)". His concentration is on the way that Dickinson's work contains human experiences that are fundamentally spiritual.

He also considers that Dickinson may have had a mental condition that as a biographical aspect would tie into the tone of her poetry. On this subject he concludes that it will remain a mystery to whether or not this underlying condition is measurable to the overall facts behind Dickinson’s writings.

The fact that Dickinson was mostly isolated from the world gives another reason for the views that are seen in her work.  It must have been difficult for Dickinson to get a broader opinion of the world through the life that she lived.  In some of Dickinson’s poetry you will also see the struggle of suffering that endured her life and the complex effects that were the result.


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