New poet of the week: Emily Dickinson

Go figure that as I was trying to look at my teacher’s selected Emily Dickinson writings it would not work; therefore, I decided to try to make the best of technology and take a trip to google.  It really does make things easier.  What did I learn from this trip…

1.  She comprised 597 poems of Belle Amherst, whose life of the imagination actually formed the transcendental bridge to modern American poetry (WOW!)

2.  Emily Dickinson heavily wrote about life, nature, love, life and eternity, and the single hound.  All these subjects are pretty standard poetry subjects except I was interested to venture further into “The Single Hound” Subject

3. She was born in Amherst Massachusetts, which made me excited to be reading someone’s work who was so close to home.  Actually, her paternal grandfather founded Amherst College, which I thought was interesting because right now a lot of us bloggers are spending way too much time thinking about colleges…

4.  I also learned that she was not a social butterfly and spent most of the time in her room.  The people who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Emily thought she was unusually eccentric

5.  Less than a dozen of her poems were actually published in her lifetime.

6.  Actually it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Emily’s younger sister, discovered her supply of poems—that the breadth of Dickinson’s work became apparent.

7.  One of her greatest fears was death all within her teenage years, which was affiliated in bits of her poetry. 

8.  She was known for always wearing white and was often referred to as “The woman in white”

9. She had a dog named Carlo who was one of her closest companions and when he died her whole attitude toward seclusion escalated.

10. Towards the end of her life she continued to write, but she stopped organizing and editing her poems


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