Emily Dickinson

American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is today best known for her use of slant-rhyme, conceits, and unconventional punctuation, as well as her near-legendary reclusive habits. She was part of a prominent Amherst, Massachusetts family. As neither Emily nor her sister Lavinia ever married, they remained at home and looked after their parents. Dickinson became very reclusive with age, sometimes speaking to guests from behind a door, but she also maintained close, intellectual friendships through her correspondence with literary men Samuel Bowles and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, as well as her best friend, neighbour, and sister-in-law Susan Gilbert Dickinson. Dickinson has perhaps unfairly earned a reputation for being a rather morbid poet, focused intently on death. Death was certainly a preoccupation of Dickinson's, especially as her New England culture was permeated with evangelical Christian questions of salvation, redemption, and the afterlife. However, Dickinson also wrote powerfully about nature and questions of knowledge, faith, and love. When Dickinson did write about death, she wrote it 'slant', coming to the subject with her own distinctive twist. In the 1863...
Read the essay: Emily Dickinson: Writing it 'Slant' by Erin Nyborg
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1 Poems: Series One, by Emily Dickinson (reading)

LibriVox recording of Poems: Series One, by Emily Dickinson. Read by Shurtagal.
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1 Poems, Second Series

By Emily Dickinson. Edited by two of her friends Mabel Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson.

Emily Dickinson
2 Poems, Third Series

By Emily Dickinson. Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd.

Emily Dickinson
3 Poems

By Emily Dickinson. Edited by two of her friends Mabel Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson.

Emily Dickinson
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1 Emily Dickinson: Writing it 'Slant'

American poet Emily Dickinson (...

Erin Nyborg
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1 Manuscript of 'A route of evanescense'

Original manuscript of Emily Dickinson's (1830-1886) poem "A route of evanescense" which she...

2 Emily Dickinson Poems Book Cover
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1 Publication — is the Auction

Publication — is the Auction
Of the Mind of Man —
Poverty — be justifying
For...