Poetry Themes – Emily Dickinson

the inner world
physcological state of mind

death
2 different views: 1) death as an acceptable part of life 2) death as terrible nothingness

pain, separation, ecstasy
compares the pain of being away from a loved one to a feeling of extreme happiness

love
never married; many significant others in her life

god and religion
friendly/bitter/angry towards god – different views

nature
many garden/flower references

dread
discusses life as fearful and dreadful