Emily Dickinson: Life and Literature

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The life led by Emily Dickinson was one secluded from the outside world, but full of color and light within. During her time she was not well known, but as time progressed after her death more and more people took her works into consideration and many of them were published. Dickinson’s life was interesting in its self, but the life her poems held, changed American Literature. Emily Dickinson led a unique life that emotionally attached her to her writing and the people who would read them long after she died.
Emily Dickinson was born December 10th, 1830 in her family home on main street in Amherst, Massachusetts to her two parents Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson. The homestead in which she was born was a family home owned by her grandparents who, soon after her sister’s birth in 1833, sold it out of the family. The Dickinson’s held residence in the home as tenants for the next seven years. Once her father’s political career took off, around the age she was nine, they moved to, and bought a new house in the same town. Dickinson was very close to her siblings, her older brother Austin and younger sister Lavinia. She had a strong attachment to her home and spent a lot of her time doing domestic duties such as baking and gardening. Dickinson also had good schooling experiences of a girl in the early nineteenth century. She started out her education in an Amherst district school, then from there she attended Amherst Academy with her sister for about seven years. At this school it is said that she was an extraordinary student with very unique writing talent. From there she attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for a year in 1847. this year was the longest she had spent away from home. In her youth, Dickinson displayed a social s...

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...guages. Her contribution to American Literature can be shown through her pure emotion and connections in her writing.
The works of Emily Dickinson will forever be remembered and the connections she made with readers throughout the centuries will be lasting. Her lifestyle was different than the poets of her time, but her isolation in her home and many tragedies in her life led to the beautiful and unique poems and letters she wrote. Emily Dickinson’s works changed American Literature and any of the people that read her work.

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"Emily Dickinson: Her Childhood and Youth (1830-1855) | Emily Dickinson Museum." Emily Dickinson: Her Childhood and Youth (1830-1855) | Emily Dickinson Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014.
Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 11 May 2014.

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