Emily Dickinson

Marissa Credle

Biographical Info

Emily Dickson was a poet born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830, who added to the existing definition of poetry. Throughout her life, she rarely left the house and spent many time with her family, although her father was always involved in state and national politics. During her youth years, she attended Amherst Academy and occupied her free time with activities like baking, reading, writing letters and going to church. She was always isolated from others, although people she came in touch with, like Reverend Charles Wadworth, had a huge impact on her poetry. From 1855 to 1865, Dickinson used much creativity to write and revise many poems. By 1860, she had written more than 1100 poems, although less than a dozen were published during her lifetime. In her later years, she became ill and died because of it on May 15th, 1886 at the age of 55.

Subject Matter

Emily Dickinson wrote poems on pain, grief, joy, love, nature and art. She got many of her ideas from poets like Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats. Many of her poems also reflected her loneliness, because she was always alone and rarely left her home. Some other major themes of her poems were flowers and gardens and morbidity, along with writing gospel poems.

Major Works

Some of Emily Dickinson's major works are "Hope is the Thing with Feathers", "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", "T'is So Much Joy", "Behind me dips Eternity", "The Only New I Know", "If I Can Stop" and "Much Madness".

The Life and Death of Emily Dickinson.mov