Emily Dickinson

December 10,1830 - May 15,1886
Amherst, Massachusetts

Background:

Emily Dickinson's  grandfather was well known for founding the Amherst  College. Emily Dickinson went to school at Amherst Academy and the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. She missed a lot of school because of illness and  depression.She then finally stopped attending the academy for unknown reasons. Many believed that she dropped out because of a weak emotional state. Even though she missed a lot of school and eventually dropped out she was a good student.
Dickinson was mostly isolated. She did not come into contact with many people. The people she did see impacted her poetry. Dickinson was also influenced by the Metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England. After Dickinson's death, Dickinson's family discovered forty handbound volumes with almost 1,800 poems. Emily Dickinson was  not recognized during her lifetime.

Example Poem:

"Nature" is what we see
Emily Dickinson

"Nature" is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

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