By Fordyce R. Bennett
The poems of Emily Dickinson owe a lot to the King James Bible for tale and scenario, syntax, symbolism and imagery, concept, and masses extra. Bennett makes an attempt to spot all of the verbatim costs from the licensed model of the King James Bible which seem within the 3 quantity Johnson version of Dickinson's poetry, in addition to biblical backgrounds, characters, parallels, rules, and echoes. proper poems are handled sequentially, starting with the 1st poem of Johnson's first quantity. go references to different poems, letters, and prose fragments are supplied, in addition to to plain reference works of the time. the place suitable, short explanatory fabric is extra. Interpretation, even though unavoidable, has been constrained to short parenthetical and terminal reviews merely the place idea priceless. for simple learn, the references to textual and biographical backgrounds have heavily the first Dickinson assets. a superb buy for faculty and collage libraries and for top colleges the place Dickinson's poetry is taught.
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Extra resources for A reference guide to the Bible in Emily Dickinson's poetry
Variant lines are so indicated and treated in like manner. Frequently, entries will end with comments giving explanatory notes and/or references to the basic works in the List of Abbreviations. Throughout this volume are mentioned a number of literary personages and personal acquaintances of Emily Dickinson. Dates and biographical information relevant to identification may be found in Poems, III, 1189-1197; Letters, III, 933-958; and Leyda, I, xxvii-lxxxi. A brief list of selected persons mentioned in this reference guide is given in the appendix but is not intended as a substitute for the entries in Johnson or the lengthy discussions of grouped personages in Leyda.
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