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Emily Dickinson

Updated on July 17, 2011

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, MA. Born into a well-off and well-educated, Emily continued the tradition of education. She never wed, and lived out her life with her family. She left the house very little, but corresponded with many. She was a companion to her sister Lavinia, who also never wed. In her life, less then 10 of her poems were published. Even so, posthumously, Dickinson's poems have made an enormous impact on literature since. She was certainly, one of the best female poets - ever.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson proved that brevity can be beautiful. Only now is her complete oeuvre--all 1,775 poems--available in its original form, uncorrupted by editorial revision, in one volume. Thomas H. Johnson, a longtime Dickinson scholar, arranged the poems in chronological order as far as could be ascertained (the dates for more than 100 are unknown). This organization allows a wide-angle view of Dickinson's poetic development, from the sometimes-clunky rhyme schemes of her juvenilia, including valentines she wrote in the early 1850s, to the gloomy, hell-obsessed writings from her last years. Quite a difference from requisite Dickinson entries in literary anthologies: "There's a certain Slant of light," "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!" and "I taste a liquor never brewed."

The book was compiled from Thomas H. Johnson's hard-to-find variorum from 1955. While some explanatory notes would have been helpful, it's a prodigious collection, showcasing Dickinson's intractable obsession with nature, including death.


Emily Dickinson Reading List

Dickinson Gifts

Great Women Writers: Emily Dickinson
Great Women Writers: Emily Dickinson

DVD: This fascinating series presents an informative and entertaining look at some of the greatest women writers of all time. The programs provide an in-depth look into their lives, and include numerous examples of their works while examining their styles which made them unique in the literary world. These original programs also feature many rare archival photographs and period imagery. The American poet Emily Dickinson decided against publishing her poems, and during her lifetime only seven of her works were ever published. During the Civil War she wrote over 800 poems, many of which were not completed and written on scraps of paper. The later years of her life were primarily spent in mourning due to the numerous deaths among her family and friends. At her death she left behind over 2000 poems. As a result of Emily Dickinson's life of solitude, she was able to focus on her world more sharply than other authors of her time.


I NEVER saw a moor

by Emily Dickinson

I NEVER saw a moor,

I never saw the sea;

Yet know I how the heather looks,

And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,

Nor visited in heaven;

Yet certain am I of the spot

As if the chart were given.

The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson

The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

This Companion consists of 14 essays by leading international scholars. They provide a series of new perspectives on one of the most enigmatic and widely read American writers. These essays, specially tailored to the needs of undergraduates, examine all of Dickinson's writings, letters and criticism, and place her work in a variety of literary, cultural and political contexts. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students. It features a detailed chronology and a comprehensive guide to further reading.


Video Poem Presentation

Emily Dickinson Guestbook

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      passionforpaintings 5 years ago

      Love Emily Dickinson..what an interesting page this is! Thank you very much...

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Great tribute! Blessing and putting it on my poetry review angel lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my fave is poem is the 'A little Road - not made of Man' poem

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      My favorite subject! Great job! emily-dickinson-sightings has a few of my own takes on the Belle of Amherst. SquidAngel Blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A beautiful and senuous woman worthy of praise, I can almost sense your presence leap from the page as I read your words of love and of immortality, I can only hope to have a fraction of the gift of prose that you had and have shared, the creator of the Universe called you home before your time, a shortened life, I am sure, but the treasure that you have left behind I thank you, I wonder what kind of thoughts that went through your mind, if I only had a chance to gaze into your eyes and hear your voice could I unlock the secrets of your writings, but for now I shall only imagine, your whispers to me from a place beyond the shore

      Thank you Emily,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      lets not:)

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      Penny Pincher G 8 years ago

      We should form an Emily Dickinson group. :)

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      eefah 9 years ago

      I like your site. It's great and I link to it from my new-made lens on Emily Dickinson's servants: