By Fordyce R. Bennett

The poems of Emily Dickinson owe a lot to the King James Bible for tale and state of affairs, syntax, symbolism and imagery, idea, and lots more and plenty extra. Bennett makes an attempt to spot all of the verbatim costs from the licensed model of the King James Bible which look within the 3 quantity Johnson version of Dickinson's poetry, in addition to biblical backgrounds, characters, parallels, rules, and echoes. appropriate poems are taken care of sequentially, starting with the 1st poem of Johnson's first quantity. move references to different poems, letters, and prose fragments are supplied, in addition to to plain reference works of the time. the place correct, short explanatory fabric is further. Interpretation, notwithstanding unavoidable, has been constrained to short parenthetical and terminal reviews in basic terms the place concept useful. for simple learn, the references to textual and biographical backgrounds have heavily the first Dickinson assets. a very good buy for school and collage libraries and for top faculties the place Dickinson's poetry is taught.

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1-4 "Bless . . 5-8 "Please . . 14-15 "Gethsemane . . 17 "Soft . . 19 "Heaven": Rev 21-22 Comment: See Poems, I, 106. 150 She died-this was the way she died. 5 "Her . . 6 "The . . 8 "Upon . . side": ICo 15:53-54 Comment: See Poems, I, 107. 1-2 "Mute . . 3 "Fold . . 4 "In . . 8 "Master . . I": Mt 23:10; Eph 6:9; Col 4:1 Comment: Perhaps an early "White Election" poem that stands in striking contrast to the later work (P528). 1-2 "Dust . . 14 "Christ . . nest": ICo 15:57 Comment: See Poems, I, 109-110.

3 "Ermine": Rev 1:14; 3:4 Comment: See Poems, I, 18-19. 17-19 "In . . Amen": Mt 28:19-20 ("in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost . . Amen"); see also the "Ministration of Holy Baptism," Book of Common Prayer ("I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 15 "Heaven": Ge 1: 1, 8 22 All these my banners be. 8 "To . . 10 "The . . 19 "'There . . 20 "To . . 18 "One . . 35-36 "And . . 1 "There . . 20 "Mystic green": Rev 22:1-5 (this vision of paradise, as in P2, may owe something to the perpetual spring-summer in the New Jerusalem depicted by St.

8 "Apostle . . askew": ICo 15:9 (St. 7 (variant) "By . . means": Ro 6:15 Comment: See Poems, I, 47-48. 1-2 "If . . 7 "If . . 8-9,12 "To . . 11 "developed eyes": Rev 3:18 (the Emersonian and Blakean idea of apocalypse as vision: "Not 'Revelation''tisthat waits,/But our unfurnished eyes," P685; see also P574) Comment: See Poems, I, 48-49. 64 Some Rainbow-coming from the Fair! 22 "Behold . . these": Ge 1:26-31 ("Behold, I have given you "Ge 1:29; this "Vision of the World Cashmere" is Edenic) Comment: See Poems, I, 49-50.

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