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Master of Arts (M.A.)




The purpose of this thesis is to show two major influences in the thought of Emily Dickinson which contributed greatly to two antithetic doctrines which commanded her loyalty. One of these two was a reverence which she felt for the Puritan concepts of life; the other was a revolutionary trait that would not adhere to Puritan doctrine. The first doctrine was a natural one to be adopted by the poet. The Puritan way of life was the only "style of life" which she know and so, quite naturally, this kind of milieu satisfied her in many ways. But as she matured there occurred along the path of her life certain obstacles which were manifested by her genius, and those obstructions, at various times in her daily life, caused much unrest and uncertainty within the poet's mind.





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