Emily Dickinson

Amherst, Massachusetts


Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 to a prominent family in Amherst, Massachusetts. As a child, she was described to have a liking towards music and was very talented on the piano. When Emily was 9, she started attending a school that was an only-boys school just 2 years earlier. She stayed in this school through her teenage years until she became depressed from the "menace called death". She was sent away to recover, but soon came back to the academy. At age 16 she left the academy to go to a women's college. As she got older, many of her friends passed away, leading her into a deeper state of depression.

Emily Dickinson wasn't introduced to the concept of poetry until about 18 years of age. She rarely left her home at this time, but the people who she did see had a very big effect on her poetry. Her high point in writing poetry was around her early 30's and she started writing less and less as she got older. Dickinson wasn't formally recognized as a poet until after her death. Her poetry was posted posthumously in 1890, which proved to be very successful.

There is Another Sky

There is another sky
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest
Whose leaf is ever green
Here is a brighter garden
Where not a frost has been
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum
Prithee, my brother
Into my garden come!