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Emmerson vs Dickinson

             Emerson and Dickinson both show some similarities as well as differences in their views of God. Their style of writing does affect the way that their views are interpreted. They are both consistent in their views of God except in one of Dickinson's poems.
             Emerson and Dickinson both show some similarity in how they express their views of God. They both agree that God does exist. Emerson speaks of God numerous times throughout his essay of "Nature". This would imply that he does believe in God. Dickinson on the other hand is more direct she comes out and says that she knows he exists,.
             "I know that He exists.
             Somewhere - in Silence -.
             He has hid his rare life.
             From our gross eyes"(1262).
             Emerson seems to make it difficult in what he is trying to say. He seems to spread it out throughout his whole essay. Dickinson keeps it short and to the point in a couple of her poems. It would probably be safe to say that Emerson and Dickinson have more differences than they do similarities in the way they write about God. Emerson believes that the only way to get to God is through nature "In the woods, we return to reason and faith"(489); faith here, is to believe in God. Emerson also believes that God can be reached through nature by becoming one with nature "I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God."(489). This passage says that he becomes a part of nature or an essential part of God. Dickinson does not take this approach she believes that the only way to reach God is through death. .
             "But - should the play .
             Prove piercing earnest.
             Should the glee - glaze.
             In death's - stiff - stare - "(1262).
             Emerson takes the view that God can be reached before death by becoming one with nature, by becoming the transparent eyeball. He also says that the brutality of nature is only the absence of spirit or God "The immobility or bruteness of nature is the absence of spirit; to pure spirit it is fluid, it is volatile, it is obedient.

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