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.
- Dickinson Electronic Archives
The Dickinson Electronic Archives is dedicated to the development of electronic resources by Emily Dickinson, about Emily Dickinson, and about Emily Dickinson's family.
- Emily Dickinson Museum
Emily Dickinson Museum - the house in which she lived.
The Complete Poems of 1924. Comprises 597 poems.
- Emily Dickinson @ Web English Teacher
Lesson plans and teaching resources for the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
- The Gravesite of Emily Dickinson
Pay your respects and leave an online memorial at Find-A-Grave.
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
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
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.