Born: December 10, 1830 Amherst, Massachusetts
Died: May 15, 1886
Emily Dickinson attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but only for one year. She did not leave the house very often and had very few visitors. However, the people that did come to visit had a huge impact on her poetry. She was very close with her family. She did not have any friends her age but some say that is what made her a great poet. Although she did not really need friends because she was so close with her family.
One of the people that was an inspiration to her was Reverend Charles Wadsworth. She called him "My closest earthly friend." After he left in 1860 she started to write more heartbroken type of poetry. The other people who were an inspiration to her writing were her older brother and her younger sister. Some say that Lavinia and Austin were not only family, but intellectual companions for Dickinson during her lifetime. People say they were the most inspiration she had.
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain