Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Thought of as an eccentric by the locals, she became known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, even leave her room. Most of her friendships were therefore carried out by correspondence.
Although Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen... more »
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- 'Hope' is the thing with feathers
- "Why do I love" You, Sir?
- "Faith" is a fine invention
- "Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
- A Book
- "Nature" is what we see
- A Bird Came Down
- "Heaven" has different Signs—to me
- Because I could not stop for Death (712)
- A Coffin—is a Small Domain
- A Dying Tiger—moaned for Drink
- A Cloud withdrew from the Sky
- 'Arcturus' is his other name
- A Charm invests a face
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''Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.''Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Letter, July 1862, to Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The Letters of Emily Dickinson, vol. 2 (1958). Higginson...
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