Emily Dickinson





During the period of the Civil War, there lived a woman. This woman was one of the most influential and famous authors of her time and this present time. This poet took on her own approach to poetry which gave her a sense of individuality. Her poetry has inspired many young poets around the country. Her name is Emily Elizabeth Dickinson. I chose her because she is different, and to herself. She kind of remind me of myself. I may not be as extreme as her, but in a lot of way I am like her. She kept to herself and bothered nobody, and I do the same thing. I believe that blocking out everyone else keeps you focused on what you are doing.


Emily Dickinson was a great poet that lived from 1830‑1886. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was born to a family that was "well known for educational and political activity. She was the daughter of Emily Norcross and Edward Dickinson. She was their second child of the three. The first was William Austin, and the third was Lavinia. Her father was a lawyer, and the treasurer of Amherst College. Emily wasn’t the healthiest child when she was an adolescent. The three siblings live on well through adulthood. Although Austin married and moved out, Emily and Lavinia lived with their parents until they died. She went to two schools from (1834‑1847) and (1847‑1848). She attended Amherst Academy, graduated there at sixteen, and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was a religious college for young women. The Seminary was founded by Mary Lyon in 1836. Mount Holyoke was an even more religious school that Amherst Academy. Every subject at each of the schools was taught at a Christian perspective. She started writing poems around 1850. Her early work was more conventional. Then, after about ten years she started to differ. She was a loner at the age of twenty‑three, and was devoted to her writing She bound many of her poems by herself using a needle and thread. She wrote over eighteen thousand poems of which seven were published while she was alive. She passed away on May 15, 1886 of Brights’s disease. ( (


Emily lived through the period of the Civil War. She had some inner conflicts on whether or not to convert. When she went home in May, her father decided not to send her back. Emily felt as if she had squandered a once in‑a‑lifetime opportunity. After, she became a loner, and kept her mind only on her poetry. She only attended to household chores. She cut off most contact to any one out of Amherst. She only contacted others by writing letters back and forth with them. Her closet became full of white dresses. When people came to visit her she rarely saw them. She stayed in her room. She was rumored to have had an affair. There was two possible men in the mystery. Their names where Reverend Charles Wadsworth and Samuel Bowles. Samuel was an editor whom she wrote many poems. Charles was one of the few she contacted outside of Amherst. Many of her poems were on the subject of death. There are theories to why she chose to seclude herself.( (, (Steffens, 29,30)


Emily had a sister named Lavinia, who was called Vinnie. She contributed to the fame of Poetess Dickinson’s poems. She was the co‑editor of three volumes of Dickinson’s work from 1891‑1896. The first volume wasn’t perfect, but was very popular among readers. Martha Dickinson Bianchi, who was Ms. Dickinson’s niece, published even more of her poems. All the her poems were finished in bringing them to the public in 1945 by Bolt of Melody. They were finally published completely and accurately in 1955 by Thomas H. Johnson. ( (, (Steffens,p.11,12)


Emily Dickinson has influenced many modern poetry. Dashes, sporadic, capitalization of nouns, off‑rhyme, broken metre, and unconventional metaphors are literary devises that contributed to her being one of the most innovative poets of the 19th Century. Her poetry was different from other poets of her time. Her poetry is less contemporary than her contemporary. (


There are many more poets that I could have