I Am Lonely, By Emily Dickinson Essay

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Emily Dickinson was a poet, but not just any poet. She valued nature, explored religion and the afterlife, and experienced love, pain, and death all from the solitude of her own home. Physically, Dickinson was confined to the comfort of her own home; mentally, she was free. Henry David Thoreau once said, “This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space,” and followed up with “Why should I feel lonely?” Like Thoreau, Dickinson explored the idea of solitude and what it meant. Ultimately, she understood from personal experience that solitude could be lonely, but believed it was vital for self-awareness and spiritual development.
Dickinson grew up in a very religious household and in her youth decided to go against her family’s faith by not becoming a member of her church. She was constantly questioning the existence of God, and did not want to limit her creative process by being tied down to one religious organization. She received a formal education and attended an all female seminary for a year. Dickinson was educated at a young age and it was evident in her poetry.
Dickinson’s education and religious childhood helped her discover who she was as a person and let her create a reasonable theories on self awareness and spiritual development. Overall, Dickinson believes that solitude is mandatory for unique thought, something that is not always physical; it brings about a sense of security, and can be obtained by some, everywhere. One of the ways she explored her…

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