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Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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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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  • ''A Route of Evanescence
    With a revolving Wheel—''
    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. A Route of Evanescence (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) ...
  • ''My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun—
    In Corners—till a Day
    The Owner passed—identified—
    And carried Me away—''
    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson...
  • ''Wild Nights—Wild Nights!
    Were I with thee
    Wild Nights should be
    Our luxury!''
    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Wild Nights!—Wild Nights! (L. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed....
  • ''The mail from Tunis, probably,
    An easy Morning's Ride—''
    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. A Route of Evanescence (l. 7-8). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) ...
  • ''Behold the Atom—I preferred—
    To all the lists of Clay!''
    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Of all the souls that stand create (l. 11-12). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnso...
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  • S B (5/5/2014 5:39:00 PM)

    classic poems! like her use of vocabulary

  • Elema Udofa (4/23/2014 11:19:00 PM)

    Refreshing and mind gripping, it took me on

  • Sandra Olsen (1/5/2014 1:20:00 AM)

    Emily Dickinson is singularly my favorite poetess.

  • Sandra Olsen (1/5/2014 1:19:00 AM)

    She is singularly my favorite poetess and always will be!

  • Selcuk Kuyucak (12/30/2013 8:24:00 PM)

    It's too long to wait for an hour
    If Love is behind it
    It's short to wait for eternity
    If Love is its reward

    This is a re-translation of E D's poem. Do you know the original?

  • Wahab Abdul (12/11/2013 11:58:00 PM)

    Dickinson has critically examined the concept of the poet and poetry in her poems and letters. Emily Dickinson assigns a distinguished place to the poet in the creative process. she calls him a craftsman, a creator, and visionary, she equates the poet’s creation with god’s creation. it is the poet’s creation which makes him immortal. he is a profound seer
    Who tries to resolve the mysteries of life and death.He is like Christ who is totally committed to the cause of humanity.

    For Emily Dickinson, poetry is the store house of thought, poetry is full of possibilities
    because it deals with the known as well as the unknown. It deals not only with the material but also mystical and spiritual. Poetry deals with life of the poet because
    it is the exclusive product of his thoughts. Dickinson uses poetry for the expression of her pains and sufferings which are full of poetic potential. poetry has a divine origin
    because it originates from the soul. ……….Aw

  • Me Andyou (12/4/2013 7:27:00 AM)

    The poem is called I took one Draught of Life.

  • Me Andyou (12/4/2013 7:24:00 AM)

    The name of that poem is I took one Draught of Life #1725

  • Christine Karr (9/3/2013 12:17:00 PM)

    I've looked since high school days for the poem that begins, I took one draft of life - I'll tell you what I paid - precisely and existance, the market price they said. They weighed me dust by dust. They balanced film with film. They handed me my being's worth - a single dram of heaven. If anyone knows the name of that poem or where I might find it, please let me know!

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