Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was educated at Amherst Academy and the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Throughout her life she wrote 1,800 poems. She separated herself from her social life and barely came out of her house.
"God Made a Little Gentian"
God made a little Gentian:
It tried—to be a Rose
And failed—and all the Summer laughed
But just before the Snows
There rose a Purple Creature
That ravished all the Hill
And Summer hid her Forehead
And Mockery—was still
The Frosts were her condition
The Tyrian would not come
Until the North—invoke it
I chose this poem because it talks about people remaining true to themselves and not creating their confidence in the view of society.
The theme is developed by a little gentian not fitting in and at the end a purple creature comes out.
"We Never Know How High We Are"
We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies—
The Heroism we recite
Would be a daily thing,
Did not ourselves the Cubits warp
For fear to be a King—
I chose this poem because it gives a message on how people could achieve amazing things if they took the challenges that were given to them and take the fear away from it.
The theme for this poem is the fear of success holds people back. The poem develops this theme by telling how they would achieve amazing things if they were not afraid to be pressured.