Emily Dickinson; American Poet

 
 


 

Emily Dickinson posing for a portait in her home Emily Dickinson rarely left the confinements of her home, leaving few pictures of her to display. This photo is another portrait taken in her home.

 

Emily Dickinson; American Poet 


Born in Amherst Massachusetts on December, 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson was the middle child of three siblings. She spent many of her days studying at the Amherst Academy (now Amherst College), where she was inspired by her principal’s poetry, thus sparking her love for American literature. Although few of her works were published during her life time, Emily Dickinson is known for her influence of 20th-century poetry, as well as the strength in her writing style and literary voice. She is an American woman of history who continues to inspire educators and writers alike to create poems of form and syntax, and further educate others of her poetic skills.

Emily Dickinson spent most of her days in her families Homestead after leaving school as a teenager. She confined her time to writing bundles of poetry and hundreds of letters, which she would sew together to create packets. Dickinson was most inspired by her principal of Amherst Academy, Leonard Humphrey, and poetry by Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Keats. Her poetry was also heavily influenced by metaphysical poets of the seventeenth-century England, as well as her upbringing in a Puritan New England town.

During the early 1860s, Emily Dickinson completely insolated herself to her families Homestead. In turn, these were the most productive years of her life. Emily created small poetry bundles without her families knowing, and hid them when they were not present. Although, her life was cut short and she later passed on May, 15, 1886 in her Homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts at the age of 55. The Homestead where Dickinson was born, and later died, is now a museum.

After her death, Dickinson’s family discovered 40 handbound volumes including almost 1,800 of Emily’s poems. The family had the first volume of the poems published in 1890. Although, a full book of her poems was not published until 1955.

Emily Dickinson will always be recognized by her passion and poetic devices she poured into her literary works. She inspires writers young and old today, and will continue to inspire those alike as a figure of Woman’s History.

The Dickinson Homestead, the place where Emily both was born and died and created famous works of poetry, is now a museum. The museum is located in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts, and features interesting history about Emily’s life, as well as her works and the preservation of the home she lived in her whole life. Only a little over an hour from Long Subaru, please visit the Emily Dickinson Museum https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/about_the_museum


Woman’s History Month is celebrated every March to honor women whose contributions to events in history and contemporary society are highlighted today. Woman’s History Month is widely celebrated throughout the United States, for many women here have donated to women’s history, including Hellen Keller, Clara Barton and Emily Dickinson.

 

 

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