Helen Hunt Jackson
American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Women's Studies
In Helen Hunt Jackson's poetry, the most powerful moments are allegorical. That is, they depend upon a philosophical understanding of human experience in which one story, whose particulars are homely, human, and transient, stands in for a second story. For Jackson, this second story's claims aspire to the claims of religion and give access to what is eternal, immutable, and thus not at risk.
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Walker, Cheryl. “Helen Hunt Jackson.” The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century. Ed. Eric Haralson. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998. 233-236.