Emily Dickinson


Amherst, Massachusetts


Emily Dickinson was an American poet who was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. In her early years Emily Dickinson was known a well behaved girl who had a talent for the piano. Emily attended Amherst Academy which was founded by her paternal grandfather two centuries ago. Some of the classes that Emily took at the Academy was classical literature, Latin, botany, geology, history, and arithmetic. In her school work her principle would say that she was a very bright and that she was an excellent scholar. In her childhood Emily Dickinson dealt with many deaths and became so sad that her parents sent her to Boston to stay with family.

Poetry and career

One of Emily Dickinson's influences was Lydia Maria child's letters from New York. Emily friend Susan Gilbert was supportive of her poetry and over their time as friends Emily sent her over three hundred letters. Emily's poetry was heavily influenced by poets of the 17th century. Most of the poems that Emily Dickinson wrote were lyric poems which in other words mean they were short and they had a single speaker. Some times the poems that she wrote would be humorous. In her poems she used images of nature religion, law, music and much more. Some of the poems Emily Dickinson wrote had rhyme or rhythm.


"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,

It asked a crumb—of Me.