Welcome to our hypertext project. Below is a brief biography of Emily Dickinson. Also
there are related links to more information and on seperate pages we have three poems. The poems
are taken apart and analyzed.
Emily Dickinson -=- 1830-86
Emily was born and lived all her life in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although her early years were
filled with the normal social activities of the daughter of a prominent citizen, she began to
withdraw from the world outside her home. By the age of thirty she became an almost total
recluse, never leaving her father's house and garden, dressing completely in white, receiving
very few visitors, and carrying on most of her many fiendships through a regular
correspondence. Only seven of her poems were published in her lifetime.
After her death, her sister Lavinia found over a thousand poems in her room, all bound
neatly in home-made booklets. Almost all were short lyrics; most were untitled and undated;
some appeared in several versions. When her work was later released it had changed metres
and rhymes, altered metaphors, and substituted conventional grammar for the original complex
The subjects of Dickinson's poetry are the traditional ones of love, nature, religion and
mortality, seen through her Puritan eyes, or, as she described it, "New Englandly."
Much of the dramatic tension stems from her religious doubt; she was unable to accept the
orthodox religious faiths of her friends and schoolmates, yet she longed for the comfort
and emotional stability that such faith could bring.
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