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Among the numerous studies of Emily Dickinson in China and abroad, there has been few from the perspective of ecocriticism. Ecocriticism aims at exploring the link between literature and natural environment to find out the ecological wisdom in literary works so as to awaken the ecological consciousness of contemporaries. American poetess Emily Dickinson composed 1775 poem during her lifetime, of which nature poems accounting for about 500. By reading her nature poems from ecological approach, it is not difficult to discern her concern and love for nature, her respect and reverence for nature, and her idea of poetical dwelling on earth. In view of the current deteriorating environmental conditions, the ecological thoughts implied in Dickinson’s nature poems are a hint for protecting environment and maintaining a harmonious relationship between human beings and nature.
Keywords: Emily Dickinson; nature...