The Inevitable Oblivion By Emily Dickinson Essay

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The Inevitable Oblivion
Emily Dickinson once said, “Dying is a wild night, and a new road”. Death and the afterlife has stirred the human imagination for thousands of years. The oblivion, or the unknown of death also strikes fear in the human race. I am not the most faithful and religious person, but I would like to believe there is a heaven, and that the things you do on Earth count for something. If there is nothing after death, than what is the reason for living? I guess that is also the way I have been raised- heaven and hell, do good and don’t sin on Earth and you’ll survive after death (immortality). I like to think Mother Teresa and Jeffrey Dahmer went different places after death. Your soul can’t just black out and nothing happens right? Poets and writers would take on this subject because they could write their own thoughts on death, in their own words. Many American poets have different views on death and the afterlife. In the nineteenth century, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Kate Chopin were celebrated as some of the most influential and successful poets in this period. Walt Whitman’s 1865 poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” demonstrates his stalemate with death, and death affects the living more than the dead; however, Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” shows death as an imaginative scenery. Likewise, “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin says death is because of the loss of love.
Walt Whitman was known for his general concepts of…

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