By Patrick J. Keane
Keane examines Dickinson s views at the position performed by way of a supposedly all-powerful and all-loving God in a global marked by way of violence and discomfort. Keane offers shut readings of lots of Dickinson s poems and letters attractive God, exhibiting how she addressed the demanding situations posed via her personal event and through an innate skepticism strengthened via a nascent Darwinism to the argument from layout and the idea that of a benevolent deity. He lines the evolving background of the matter of struggling with the Hebrew Scriptures, in the course of the writings of Paul, Augustine, and Aquinas, to the newest theological and philosophical reports of the matter. Keane is attracted to how readers this day reply to Emily Dickinson s usually combative poems approximately God.
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9 Obviously, these are questions of balance. One can dispute just how “gleeful” Nietzsche himself (as opposed to his Zarathustra) really was about a loss that he once compared to having the ﬁbers of his heart torn out; and Dickinson, as Lundin concedes, was sometimes exuberant in her own denunciations of the Calvinist God. ” In the draft of a late letter to Otis Phillips Lord, she wrote: “On subjects of which we know nothing, or should I say Beings . . we both believe and disbelieve a hundred times an Hour, which keeps Believing nimble—” (L 728).
1:9, 4:3). ” In terms of genre, Dickinson’s minimalist lyric gestures toward grand forms other than Shakespearean tragedy and the problematic “theodicies” of Job and Ecclesiastes. Generically, Dickinson’s “little” ﬂower poem can be read as a variation on the pastoral elegy and—its exterior semblance again belying its thematic immensity—as a miniepic. As the master of both genres in English and the most widely read 2. Though often associated with the Book of Job, King Lear may have even deeper afﬁliations with Ecclesiastes.
Generically, Dickinson’s “little” ﬂower poem can be read as a variation on the pastoral elegy and—its exterior semblance again belying its thematic immensity—as a miniepic. As the master of both genres in English and the most widely read 2. Though often associated with the Book of Job, King Lear may have even deeper afﬁliations with Ecclesiastes. That connection, advanced by Shakespeare critic Arthur Hirsch in terms of the play’s “over-all conception,” has been endorsed by Harold Bloom: “The enormous emptiness of Koheleth reverberates all through Shakespeare’s darkest drama, which is also his wisest” (Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?