Throughout her life, she seldom left her home and visitors were few. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she first met on a trip to Philadelphia.
Throughout her life, she seldom left her home and visitors were few. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she first met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home inand some critics believe his departure gave rise to the heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson in the years that followed.
While it is certain that he was an important figure in her life, it is not clear that their relationship was romantic—she called him "my closest earthly friend. By the s, Dickinson lived in almost complete isolation from the outside world, but actively maintained Emily dickenson correspondences and read widely.
She spent a great deal of this time with her family. Her father, Edward Dickinson, was actively involved in state and national politics, serving in Congress for one term.
Her brother, Austin, who attended law school and became an attorney, lived next door with his wife, Susan Gilbert. Lavinia and Austin were not only family, but intellectual companions for Dickinson during her lifetime.
Dickinson's poetry was heavily influenced by the Metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England, as well as her reading of the Book of Revelation and her upbringing in a Puritan New England town, which encouraged a Calvinist, orthodox, and conservative approach to Christianity.
Though she was dissuaded from reading the verse of her contemporary Walt Whitman by rumors of its disgracefulness, the two poets are now connected by the distinguished place they hold as the founders of a uniquely American poetic voice.
While Dickinson was extremely prolific as a poet and regularly enclosed poems in letters to friends, she was not publicly recognized during her lifetime. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in and the last in She died in Amherst in Upon her death, Dickinson's family discovered forty handbound volumes of nearly 1, poems, or "fascicles" as they are sometimes called.
Dickinson assembled these booklets by folding and sewing five or six sheets of stationery paper and copying what seem to be final versions of poems.
The handwritten poems show a variety of dash-like marks of various sizes and directions some are even vertical. The poems were initially unbound and published according to the aesthetics of her many early editors, who removed her unusual and varied dashes, replacing them with traditional punctuation.
The current standard version of her poems replaces her dashes with an en-dash, which is a closer typographical approximation to her intention. The original order of the poems was not restored untilwhen Ralph W.
Franklin used the physical evidence of the paper itself to restore her intended order, relying on smudge marks, needle punctures, and other clues to reassemble the packets. Since then, many critics have argued that there is a thematic unity in these small collections, rather than their order being simply chronological or convenient.
Selected Bibliography The Gorgeous Nothings: Poems of a Lifetime Little, Brown, Poems: Third Series Roberts Brothers, Poems:The Complete Poems: Emily Dickinson: Comprising poems of the Belle of Amherst, whose life of the Imagination formed the transcendental bridge to modern American poetry.
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Emily Dickinson, poet of the interior life, imagined words/swords, hurling barbed syllables/piercing. Nothing about her adult appearance or habitation revealed such a militant soul. Only poems/5(). Emily Dickinson, in full Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, (born December 10, , Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 15, , Amherst), American lyric poet who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision.
With Walt Whitman, Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the two leading 19th-century American poets. The original Dickinson Electronic Archives was launched in and was regularly updated until We invite visitors to explore the DEA in its original form, where they can discover nearly 18 years worth of digital Dickinson archival and scholarly work.
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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a .