Emily Dickinson: Concept of Mysticism
Emily Dickinson wrote on myriad human problems. Her grasp of life and her understanding of life’s complexities where so complete and thorough that no significant is sphere of human experience escaped her” compound vision”.
Her thoughtful concern with the problems of life, death and immortality has lead to the view that is a mystical poet. It deals with the existence of soul, immortality, the existence of God and heaven.
Mysticism involves a deep, almost obsessive, concern with such problems as death, the existence of the soul , immortality, the existence of God and heaven, salvation and or redemption etc. Mysticism also means the capacity to establish a spiritual contact with God. The mystic is a visionary who claims to hold a direct communion with the Divine Spirit. A glance at the themes of Miss Dickinson’s poetry reveals an extreme preoccupation with the effect of death, the nature of the soul problem of immortality, the possibility of faith, and the reality of God. Certainly in the sense that she sought the essential moral truths veiled behind material appearances and tried to experience and perceive the divine force (or “circumference” as she called it). She was mystically inclined. There are strong mystical elements in her poetry, but on the whole it would not be precisely true to call her a mystic.