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Puritanism And Trascendentalism


Puritanism and Transcendentalism had a great influence on Emily Dickinson’s poetry; on the one hand, Puritanism allowed her to remain grounded in her faith in God, on the other, Transcendentalism helped her to explore “ new frontiers” in her faith and beliefs and to develop her personality and creativity. (Transcendentalism was an American literary, political and philosophical movement of the early nineteenth century, centered around Ralph Waldo Emerson. Another important transcendentalist was Henry David Thoreau. They were critics of their contemporary society and urged that each person find, in Emerson’s words, “an original relation to the universe “. Emerson and Thoreau sought this relation in solitude among nature, and in their writing). Dickinson’s work has had a considerable influence on modern poetry. Her unconventional style with frequent use of dashes, capitalization of nouns, unusual rhymes and meters and original metaphors have contributed to her reputation
as one of the most innovative poets of 19th – century American literature. She had a special ability to capture negative moods and transform them into a metaphor for her concern about death and immortality. A good example of this is given by poem 712, ”Because I could not stop for death” .
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