- NAME: Emily Dickinson
- OCCUPATION: Poet
- BIRTH DATE: December 10, 1830
- DEATH DATE: May 15, 1886
- Did You Know?: In addition to writing poetry, Emily Dickinson studied botany. She compiled a vast herbarium that is now owned by Harvard University.
- EDUCATION: Amherst Academy (now Amherst College), Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Amherst, Massachusetts
- PLACE OF DEATH: Amherst, Massachusetts
- Full Name: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
- AKA: Emily Dickinson
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Emily Dickinson was a reclusive American poet. Unrecognized in her own time, Dickinson is known posthumously for her unusual use of form and syntax.
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Unfortunately, much of the power of Dickinson's unusual use of syntax and form was lost in the alteration. After her sister's death, Lavinia Dickinson discovered hundreds of her poems in notebooks that Emily had filled over the years. The first volume of these poems was published in 1890, with additional volumes following. A full compilation, The Poems of Emily Dickinson,
wasn't published until 1955.
Emily Dickinson's stature as a writer soared from the first publication of her poems in their intended form. She is known for her poignant and compressed verse, which profoundly influenced the direction of 20th century poetry. The strength of her literary voice, as well as her reclusive and eccentric life, contributes to the sense of Dickinson as an indelible American character.
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