• Abdurahmanova Saadat Khalid Ph.D. Odlar Yurdu University, Baku, Azerbaijan
Keywords: spiritual asceticism, psychological portrait, transcendentalism, Emily Dickenson’s poetry


This paper is an attempt to analyze the poetry of Miss Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) contributed both American and World literature in order to reveal the extent of asceticism in it. Asceticism involves a deep, almost obsessive, concern with such problems as death, the life after death, the existence of the soul, immortality, the existence of God and heaven, the meaningless of life and etc. Her enthusiastic expressions of life in poems had influenced the development of poetry and became the source of inspiration for other poets and poetesses not only in last century but also in modern times. The paper clarifies the motives of spiritual asceticism, self-identity in Emily Dickenson’s poetry.


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How to Cite
Abdurahmanova Saadat Khalid. (2020). THE MOTIVE OF ASCETICISM IN EMILY DICKENSON’S POETRY. International Academy Journal Web of Scholar, (1(43), 7-12.