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Emily Dickinson

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Raisa Watkins
World Literature 1101
November 16, 2011

Emily Dickinson “ #79”

In the Emily Dickinson poem number 79, the speaker is having conflicting thoughts about going to heaven. He knows for sure that he will make it to heaven someday but when is unknown. Instead, he is content with remaining on Earth. At some point, the speaker experienced the death of two loved ones that may have instilled the hesitation of make the journey to heaven. The literary terms further analyzed the form of the play, the biblical allusions, and the symbolization of some key words. Poem 79 uses some very biblical language. Many parts of the poem refer to significant parts of the bible. The overall theme of this poem is fate is determined by faith. The speaker’s overall faith in circumstances can determine that his fate in the end. In the beginning of the poem, the speaker begins by addressing the idea that he is going to heaven but how and when is not yet known. The speaker sounds very shocked and overwhelmed with the idea of going to heaven. Allusions found in the bible assure the reader that the speaker has religious values. The speaker eludes to the biblical verse about the Lord being the shepherd leading his flock into the valley. In the line “And yet it will be done/ As sure as flocks go home at night /Unto the Shepherd’s arm.”(8-10), the speaker compares his going to heaven to flocks returning to the shepherd or returning to their master. In these lines, the speaker clearly relates going to heaven and returning to a master as being the same. This stanza clearly introduces the story without showing the fear the speaker has about going to heaven. The speaker has faith in going to heaven but is just fearful about the journey.

The next stanza hints to a reason as to why the speaker may not be excited about going to heaven. In the lines, “if you should get there first/ save just a little space for me/close to the two I lost.”(13-15), the speaker mentions the death of two...