The Life of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst Massachusetts on December 10, 1830. She attended Amherst Academy for seven years but left at age 15 to attend Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one year. Dickinson would write her poems in secret. In 1851, Dickinson took a teaching position in Baltimore. Dickinson was going against the typical religious standards because she didn't join any kind of church. Around 1860, she was a very aloof person because she did not go out much and she had very little visitors. Some people believe that the reason for being away from people is because she suffered depression or anxiety. Emily DIckinson's poetry is mostly influenced by the people she meets. Some of her earlier influences include her principal of Amherst Academy, Leonard Humphrey, and her friend, Benjamin Franklin Newton. One of her biggest influences was Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Many believe that he was the reason for many of her more romantic poems. Charles Wadsworth was important to her but according to her they were just really good friends. Dickinson was also influenced by seventeenth-century poets who wrote poems related to metaphysics. She liked Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and John Keats poetry. It wasn't until around 1850-1860 when Dickinson wrote more. She created fascicles without any of her family members aware of it. Dickinson died May 15, 1886 at age 55 from kidney disease. It wasn't until after her death that DIckinson's sister, Lavinia Dickinson found the hundreds of poems that her sister wrote. The very first were published in 1890. Most of her poems were about what interested her. She wrote about nature, death, love, religion, law, and many other things. In her poems, the speaker is simply addressed "I" but it isn't the poet herself. Dickinson only named about 10 of her 1800 poems, therefore more of her poems are mostly named by the first line. The house where she grew up is now a museum located in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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