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Emily Dickinson

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“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door…”. (Brainy Quotes)This quote is from the poem “Not knowing when the dawn will come” by Emily Dickinson. Which says because of the uncertainty of death, people should embrace life’s opportunities. Emily Dickinson’s poetry illustrates themes of death, hope, and loss which are still relevant today.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 on her family’s estate in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson was the middle child of Emily and Edward Dickinson along with her older brother William Austin Dickinson, and her younger sister Lavinia Norcross Dickinson. Growing up Dickinson liked to bake, garden, going to school, participating in church events, read books, learn to sing and play the piano, writing letters, and taking walks. Emily Dickinson went to school at Amherst district school for about seven years before transferring to entering Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one year in 1847. Which was the longest time she spent away from home. Emily Dickinson enjoyed the company of her many friends growing up. Her closest girlfriends including Abiah Root, Abby Wood, Emily Fowler, and Susan Gilbert who later in life became her sister-in-law. Dickinson’s closest guy friends were Benjamin Newton who gave her a copy of Emerson's Poems, and Henry Vaughn Emmons who was one of the first people who read her poetry. Claims also say that Dickinson received a marriage proposal from George H. Gould. While her whole family and band of friends joined the church Dickinson never did. She told a friend "I am one of the lingering bad ones". (Emily Dickinson: Childhood)
A recurring theme in Emily Dickinson’s poetry was death. Many years of Emily Dickinson’s adult years consisted of man...

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...r from simple, from death being the main focus on her life to not seeing people face to face for over 15 years. Dickinson’s poetry reflected on her life including hope, death, and loss. We may never know the depth of her illness, but then what would happen if we found out?

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