Emily Dickinson

December 10, 1830 Amherst Massachusetts
May 15, 1886

Emily Dickinson was born to a family of 5 where she was raised in not a wealthy but well off environment. Emily was a very well behaved child who had a taste for music or,"moosic," and had specific talent for the piano. It is suspected that her father was a warm hearted kind man but on the other hand her mother was cold and stern. She was educated at the Amherst academy and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The family moved to a house overlooking a grave yard which probably encouraged Emily's interest in death. when she was still young she was haunted by the deaths of many close people to her such as, her second cousin, and her mother. She died at the age of 55 and died a troubled death.

Dickinson wrote all of her life but only about a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her life time and she never profited from those poems. Her younger sister, Lavinia, got most of Dickinson's poems to be published.

The Color of the Grave is Green—

The Outer Grave—I mean—
You would not know it from the Field—
Except it own a Stone—

To help the fond—to find it—
Too infinite asleep
To stop and tell them where it is—
But just a Daisy—deep—

The Color of the Grave is white—
The outer Grave—I mean—
You would not know it from the Drifts—
In Winter—till the Sun—

Has furrowed out the Aisles—
Then—higher than the Land
The little Dwelling Houses rise
Where each—has left a friend—

The Color of the Grave within—
The Duplicate—I mean—
Not all the Snows could make it white—
Not all the Summers—Green—

You've seen the Color—maybe—
Upon a Bonnet bound—
When that you met it with before—
The Ferret—cannot find—

Emily Dickinson

Most of Dickinson's poems were on the topics of death and immorality providing another eerie feeling and also a small one of calm.