By Fordyce R. Bennett
The poems of Emily Dickinson owe a lot to the King James Bible for tale and state of affairs, syntax, symbolism and imagery, idea, and lots more and plenty extra. Bennett makes an attempt to spot all of the verbatim prices from the licensed model of the King James Bible which seem within the 3 quantity Johnson variation of Dickinson's poetry, in addition to biblical backgrounds, characters, parallels, principles, and echoes. appropriate poems are handled 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 proper, short explanatory fabric is further. Interpretation, notwithstanding unavoidable, has been restricted to short parenthetical and terminal reviews in basic terms the place notion useful. for simple study, the references to textual and biographical backgrounds have heavily the first Dickinson assets. a good buy for school and collage libraries and for prime colleges the place Dickinson's poetry is taught.
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61 Papa above! 4 "Reserve. 5 "A . . Rat": Joh 14:2 ("In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. 6-7 "Snug . . day": Rev 7:16; 9:7-9; 22:1-2, 17 (the New Jerusalem promises the tree of life as well as the absence of hunger oral gratification for the "Mouse" who wishes to eat rather than be eaten; an early expression of her dissatisfaction with the Beatitudes philosophy of poverty, mourning, and hunger below all for the delayed vision of God above, P61 is parodic of The Lord's Prayer which promises "daily bread" for her circuit world as well as the fulfillment of God's will here below as in Heavenhe latter conception she pokes fun at as "unsuspecting Cycles" unconcerned about the sublunary world of "Cat'' and "Mouse") 62 "Sown in dishonor"!
16 "Soldier's": IITi 2:3-4 Comment: See Poems, I, 58-59. 15 "As . . 16 "Were strange": ICo 15:51 (St. Paul speaks of the resurrection as a "mystery") Comment: See Poems, I, 59-60. 9-12 "The . . 15 "blue": see note, line one, P15. Comment: See Poems, I, 63-64 and Leyda, I, 377. 79 Going to Heaven! 1 "Going . . 10 "Unto . . 16 "The . . 17 "And . . 'Crown' ": Rev 2:10; 3:11; 4:4, 10 Page 13 Comment: See Poems, I, 64-65. 9-10 "That . . 11-12 "The . . gold": Rev 4:2-4; 8:2-3 Comment: See Poems, I, 66.
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