Emily Dickinson was a young woman who lived during the 19th century. She was a normal lady like anyone else in our day—except that she never left her house or her room. During the days that she stayed in her room, Emily Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems. Her poems varied from a bible verse she had read, to the intricate shape of a leaf. But during her time none of her work was published, because it was not common for a woman poet to be successful, which did not bother Dickinson, who in fact, did not want her work to be seen or published due to her fear of being misunderstood. It took over 50years for almost all of her works were published. In fact, when her works she became a well-known and world renowned famous poet, which would have been impossible in her time. Emily Dickinson was a talented and intelligent poet, that never lived to see her work published (Pickard,103).
Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830. She was the middles of two other siblings, Lavinia—her younger sister, and Austin her older brother. She was a fairly good child and also very social. She had a decent relationship with her mother, Emily Narcross, but they often were annoyed by one another’s presence. In one case Emily wrote in her diary:
“My mother is the type a person you hurry when you are troubled” (Sewall, 12).
In contrast, Emily was rather close with her father, Edward Dickinson. She was known to be, in some sense, his “favorite”, since he showered her with gifts, but tried desperately to hide his affection towards her.
The first Dickinson’s arrived in 1630. Their family spread all the way from New England to the Connecticut Valley. They were a very prominent and prestigious family, being that, Emily’s grandfather was one of the co-founders of Amherst College. But ironically, Emily’s side of the family suffered from constant financial problems.
As a young adult, Emily was very social and was constantly surrounded by close friends. She was...