Lake Forest Papers

Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 2018


First-Year Writing Prize, Honorable Mention

Author Comments

I find the works of Emily Dickinson fascinating, and this paper was a wonderful opportunity to examine her poems through a new lens. The idea to look at her poetry as a type of personal doctrine came to me while reading some of her more philosophical poems. In her contradictory poems about religion, immortality, and other subjects, I started to see the pattern of someone searching for truths. I wanted to see how that search had shaped her writing, in regards to both subject and style. The best part of writing this paper was the feeling that I had barely scratched the surface of the depth of research regarding Dickinson. It has inspired a line of research I cannot wait to explore further.

Faculty Advisor

Benjamin Goluboff



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