Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Amherst Academy from 1840 to 1847, later attending Mount Holyoke College before returning to her family's house. She had lived a reclusive life, most of her friendships were carried out by writing letters. Dickinson was a private poet, but fewer than a dozen of her almost 1,800 were published through her lifetime. Many of her poems deal with death and immortality, which were two reoccurring topics in her letters with friends also.

Emily Dickinson (1830–86). Complete Poems. 1924.
Part Three: Love


THE WAY I read a letter’s this:

’T is first I lock the door,

And push it with my fingers next,

For transport it be sure.

And then I go the furthest off

To counteract a knock;

Then draw my little letter forth

And softly pick its lock.

Then, glancing narrow at the wall,

And narrow at the floor,

For firm conviction of a mouse

Not exorcised before,

Peruse how infinite I am

To—no one that you know!

And sigh for lack of heaven,—but not

The heaven the creeds bestow.

Emily Dickinson (1830–86). Complete Poems. 1924.
Part Three: Love


SUMMER for thee grant I may be

When summer days are flown!

Thy music still when whippoorwill

And oriole are done!

For thee to bloom, I ’ll skip the tomb

And sow my blossoms o’er!

Pray gather me, Anemone,

Thy flower forevermore!

I chose these poems about love because they related to the Romanticism theme that we have discussed in class.

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