Emily Dickinson was one of the most innovative and original poets in American history. Her writings were very individualistic taken from both her external and internal world. They explored many themes of great importance to her. The mystery surrounding life, death, and mortality; issues with faith, religion, and nature are some of her more prevalent themes. Rejecting convention, Dickinson fractured from the traditional, structured iambic pentameter widely used throughout the nineteenth century. Her unconventional style alone was not all that contributed to the respect and genius which set her apart from her contemporaries. Her poems were personal and original, utilizing literary devices such as symbolism and metaphors, slant rhyme, alliteration, and assonance. Her often eccentric syntax, unusual punctuation and capitalization, contributed to a more modern and artistic style of poetry not overwhelmingly accepted in her time. It is by these methods; Dickinson explores universal ideas by imaginatively and smartly discussing them using concrete details, and reciprocally using these details to make a more universal, abstract point.
In poem 324, Dickinson chooses to explore her ideas of worship and faith in God and heaven. She compares her own practice with that of institutional religion. Perhaps in the spirit of Emerson, this poem conveys an almost sarcastic tone showing some contempt for the establishment of the time. In the stanza, people of a congregation are referred to as “Some” who “keep the Sabbath going to Church-“ and Dickinson breaks from the conformity by worshiping God from “Home.” The next two lines mockingly describe a bird as her choir leader and an orchard as her church. The point is to be made that just because one does not go to church and engage in organized religion, one can and should enjoy the freedom to worship God in their own way. In the last two lines, “So instead of getting to Heaven, at last- I’m going, all along,” tells us more of...
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