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  Emily Dickinson biography:

Very little is known of Emily Elizabeth Dickinson as the American poet always kept to herself and lived a life of solitude. She was born on 10th December 1830 at Amherst, Massachusetts to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson. She had an older brother, Austin, and younger sister named Lavinia.

From 1834 – 1847, Emily Dickinson studied at the Amherst Academy, an academic institution that was co-founded by her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson. In 1847, she studied at the Hadley Female Seminary (now known as Mount Holyoke College) but returned to Amherst only after a year, and began her life of solitude.

After returning from the Seminary, Emily withdrew from all social contact and refused to entertain guests. She chose to dress herself only in white and spent most of her time inside her room. She started writing poems at around this time. Her initial forays were conventional but later on, she experimented until she developed her own unique style.

The 1860s contributed immensely to Emily Dickinson’s writing style and content. The US Civil War broke out in 1861; her closest friends (and were also rumored to be objects of her affection) Samuel Bowles moved to Europe for health reasons, and Charles Wadsworth was relocated to San Francisco. In addition, she also had a persistent eye trouble. Although these years were very tumultuous for Dickinson, this could also be considered as the most productive period of her life. During this time, Emily Dickinson wrote around 800 poems.

Emily Dickinson never married and died on May 15, 1886. Her poems were published posthumously by her sister, Lavinia in 1886. During her life, only seven poems were published, but Emily Dickinson has penned almost 2,000 poems.

 

 
   
 

Poems by Emily Dickinson

 

It's all I have to bring to-day

Awake ye muses nine

I have a Bird in spring

Once more, my now bewildered Dove

When Roses cease to bloom

Papa above!

"Faith" is a fine invention by Emily Dickinson

I Lost a World

She died this was the way she died

I Cannot Live With You

There is another sky

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

You Left Me

On this wondrous sea

Come Slowly

A Lady red amid the Hill

There is a word

I Came to buy a smile today

Hope is a Thing With Feathers

The Gentian weaves her fringes

Wild Night

A sepal, petal, and a thorn by Emily Dickinson

The Grass so little has to do

Water, is taught by thirst

The Heart Asks

So has a Daisy vanished

My life closed twice before its close

 

 

 
 

Books of poetry by Emily Dickinson :

The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Variorum Edition)

Book Description

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, written quietly in a room of her own, often hand-stitched in small volumes, then hidden in a drawer, revealed her true self. She did not live in time but in universals-an acute, sensitive nature reaching out boldly from self-referral to a wider, imagined world. Dickinson died without fame; only a few poems were published in her lifetime. Her legacy was later rescued from her desk-an astonishing body of work, much of which has since appeared in piecemeal editions, sometimes with words altered by editors or publishers according to the fashion of the day. Ralph Franklin, the foremost scholar of Dickinson's manuscripts, has prepared an authoritative one-volume edition of all extant poems by Emily Dickinson-1,789 poems in all, the largest number ever assembled. This reading edition derives from his three-volume work, The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition (1998), which contains approximately 2,500 sources for the poems. In this one-volume edition, Franklin offers a single reading of each poem-usually the latest version of the entire poem-rendered with Dickinson's spelling, punctuation, and capitalization intact. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition is a milestone in American literary scholarship and an indispensable addition to the personal library of poetry lovers everywhere.

 
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