By Benjamin Lease
An exploration of the realities at the back of the stereotypes of reclusiveness that experience obscured realizing of Emily Dickinson and her poetry. hire demonstrates that her poems are eloquent and rebellious responses to questions on human lifestyles which stay as important now as they have been in her time. This research relates the poetry to Dickinson's lifelong spiritual quest, and to her relationships with Charles Wadsworth and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. It identifies the paintings by way of different poets and authors which she seen as sacred texts. Her paintings is positioned into the context of the warfare that remodeled her lifestyles and the spiritualist move that affected it.
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A Minister in Exile: A Minister Remembered 15 'Oh- did I offend it-' she begins her letter, '[Did'nt it want me to tell it the truth]'. She pleads pardon for having grieved her Lord: ' ... perhaps her odd- Backwoodsman [life] ways [troubled] teased his finer (sense) nature -' She reminds him of her careful refusal to show her pain and suffering during 'that awful parting' - but also informs him that the 'Tomahawk in my side' is less hurtful than the pain she is now feeling ('Her Master stabs her more-').
In August 1882, James D. Clark wrote to Emily Dickinson and enclosed a volume of the dead minister's sermons. He was Wadsworth's closest friend and the correspondence released in the poet some deep, and deeply guarded, emotions. During the next four years - right up to the last month of her life - she exchanged numerous revealing letters with the Clark brothers centering on Wadsworth ('the third Member of the sundered Trio', she called him after the death of James Clark [L880]). She shared with the Clarks the news of bereavements: the death of her mother, of her nephew Gilbert, of Judge Lord.
That he was important to her is clear; equally clear is her great attraction for him. His impulsiveness in coming to her so precipitously from Philadelphia - and in informing her of the fact - points to a deep involvement and understanding on both sides. The 'inscrutable roguery' displayed by the minister when he referred to the twenty years that had somehow elapsed between visits demonstrated a playfulness the poet understood and practiced in her own discourse. A Minister in Exile: A Minister Remembered 31 Wadsworth's enormous importance to Emily Dickinson- to the end of her life- may be gauged by a startling statement that she made to Charles Clark in early January of 1884.