December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886
Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley for one year. She lived a very introverted and reclusive life. During her life, she rarely left her home and rarely had any visitors, but people she did see had a massive impact on her poetry. She was known for her preference for white clothing and her reluctance to even leave her room. By the 1860s she was almost completely isolated from the outside world, but actively kept up correspondences with her family and read a lot.
As a poet, Dickinson was not recognized during her lifetime. In fact, her first volume of poems was published posthumously in 1890. Her poems were heavily influenced by the Metaphysical poets, the Book of Revelation, and her childhood in a Puritan New England Town. After her death, her family found forty handbound books of over 1,800 poems. They were published with traditional punctuation and out of order. In 1981, Ralph W. Franklin managed to deduce the correct order and it was published by Belknap Press.
A Man may make a Remark
A Man may make a Remark -
In itself - a quiet thing
That may furnish the Fuse unto a Spark
In dormant nature - lain -
Let us divide - with skill -
Let us discourse - with care -
Powder exists in Charcoal -
Before it exists in Fire -