Emily Dickinson was a famous poet.
Who mainly wrote about death, and love. She did not become famous until after
her death. She concealed herself from her family sometimes so that she could be
alone to write. She had a rather good childhood and was a good student.
When Dickinson was little, she went
to Amherst Academy in 1840. Dickinson attended that academy for seven years
before enrolling into Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1847.(Emily Dickinson In
1850, Amherst College student newspaper anonymously published a Valentine of
hers. She never published any poems of hers and often wrote to her friends. It
is believed that she had a secret lover.
In 1855, she visited her father in
Washington, DC, meets Charles Wadsworth, and her family moved into the
homestead. Dickinson’s father had renovated their home. Ever since they had
moved, she could garden all year round because of indoor gardens.
She became known as a mysterious figure in her
hometown, Amherst Massachusetts, where she was known as a gardener than a poet.
April 16 1862, Emily
Dickinson had sent her first letter to Thomas W. Higginson, a famous literacy
critic who would become a mentor, Dickinson wrote a quote about the war, “War
feels to me an Oblique place”.
“Her poems are a reverie on the
universal human condition in all its suffering and joy; thus, her refraining
from remarking politics of the day and commenting on the war is
“The truth must dazzle gradually,”
as Dickinson wrote in her poem and then said, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant”,
Dickinson had a trade mark: she used-her dash and line breaks. The line breaks
usually indicate a moment of death, and the sudden shift from sight to
“Dickinson has taken the deathbed
scene, elsewhere played for melodramatic value such as Little Eva’s death in
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s immensely popular Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), and
used it to consider the reality of death and possibility of annihilation,”
Her poetry is characterized by
moments like sudden mood differences, imagery, and carefully considered
dashing. She only became known as a poet after her death when her sister passed
on her poems to Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Dickinson had originally asked her
sister to burn her poems. Thomas Wentworth had published a total of 3 volumes
of her poetry.
She stayed at the Seminary for one
year, which had been longest amount time she had spent away from her home. She
never went to church. She had told one of her close friends, “I am one of the lingering
“When writing to her brother, she stated:
“I’ve been in the habit myself of writing some few things, and it rather
appears to me that you’re getting away my patent, so you’d better be somewhat
careful, or I’ll call the police!”, (Emily Dickinsonmuseum.org). “Her letter to
her brother reveals a growing sense of “difference” between herself and others.”
Her father purchased the home in
early 1855 and made it significant renovations to it. Since the move, she could
garden all year. When she was thirty-five, Dickinson has composed more than
1100 concise, powerful lyrics that examine pain, grief, joy, love, nature and
Dickinson recorded about eight
hundred of fascicles. Susan Dickinson received more than two hundred fifty poems
throughout the two women’s forty-year friendship. They suggest a serious and
troubled romantic attachment that some scholars believe drove Dickinson’s
creative output. Dickinson also had made a signature black cake.
Emily Dickinson was and still is
today one of the greatest poets ever. She had a very odd way of writing but if
you looked a little different at her writing you would understand what she was
saying. She liked to isolate herself from others so that she could create poems
and writings to the best of her ability. She likely did not have many friends,
but rather a few close ones, and she was rather close with her family.