Emily Dickinson's Second Great Awakening

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Poetry is a way for people to express who they are, what they are feeling, and things that make them who they are in the piece of literature. Someone who comes to mind to some people is Emily Dickinson. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was not a famous poet in her time. She wrote a lot poems, but only a few were made popular during her lifetime. Dickinson had only a few of her poems published while she was alive. She did not get the recognition she deserved or see the rest of her work become published. Dickinson is one of the most important people in literature. Her poems changed a lot of people by making them feel emotions. Some people think it was just a girl writing her feelings down and that is what she did to most to most of her poems but what…show more content…
If she wasn’t writing about death then she was writing about religion. She wanted to be able to express herself in a way that would not offend some people while including something she loved and her beliefs. 1840-1850 is known as Religious Revivalism or the Second Awakening. “This was a time when there was religious problems going around in the United States” (The Second Great Awakening). Dickinson wanted to find a way she could express her religion during this time. She did not want to make it seem like the Second Awakening was affecting her writing, so she tried to avoid writing about but since this was an important time in her life she wrote about it anyway. Dickinson did not write about a specific type of religion. She only wanted to include her love for her religion in her poems. In the poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” Dickinson wrote about the different stages of life and how in the end she would be immortal in the end. In the Bible many people tell us that once we die we will live in Heaven for eternity. Dickinson made a poem that was appealing to many different people while also including religion. Different people received a different meant from this poem, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” because everyone brings various experiences to what they are reading. Some say it’s just a poem, others say it’s about the stages in life, and the other few people find it in a more biblical way. Religion was important to Dickinson. She wanted to make sure she could include it into her poems. Dickinson’s religion is something that made her who she was. Poems should reflect on things such as emotions, subjects that are important, and personal experiences. Dickinson knew this and she wrote many poems about this all of these things which connected with her audience over time. Dickinson went through many life experiences to get the content of her poems. She had pain, loss, some happiness, and many other
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