Emily Dickinson

By: Tana Aley

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily Dickinson attended Amherst Academy. Dickinson studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years then left home to attend Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, in South Hadly. Her studies at Mount Holyoke only lasted one year because her misery and homesickness were too much for her to endure.

Interesting Facts:

-Emily Dickinson rarely left her house and rarely received visitors.

-She only had one brother

-Her eyes were auburn

-Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 1800 poems during her lifetime

Meter and Scansion and Rhythm:

Emily Dickinson uses the same meter, scansion, and rhythm for all of her poems. She goes from using breve to accent, breve to accent, and so on. Both of these poems are iambic trimeter.


The theme of the first poem is the importance of nature. This poem completely talks about nature and things within like animals.  

The theme of the second poem is the connection between humans and nature. This poem develops this theme because the speaker is watching the bird in nature, and then the bird notices the speaker; that's where the connection happens.

Both of my poems relate to the story by Jack London, called To Build A Fire. Both of these poems relate and focus mainly on nature, as does Jack London's story.

Characteristics of Romanticism:

In these two poems, some characteristics that are shown are valves feeling and intuition, reflects nature's beauty as a path to spiritual and moral development, remoteness of setting in time and place, and sees poetry as the highest expression of imagination.   

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