Emily Dickenson

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Essay #3Adonis singletary
English 47

Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but severe homesickness led her to return home after one year. Throughout her life, she seldom left her house and visitors were scarce. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her thoughts and poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home in 1860, and some critics believe his departure gave rise to the heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson in the years that followed. While it is certain that he was an important figure in her life, it is not certain that this was in the capacity of romantic love. This is what played an extensive role in her writings. Her being secluded away from the world really shows up in her poetry. Her secret love life her writings about death is all involved. Emily Dickinson was in love with Robert Browning. Many of her poems are in reference to him. The references are somewhat vague because their affair was secret. Her work was also inspired by nature and spirituality, but I can see the influence of a love relationship in Emily's work as well, but she did lean more on the spiritual side.

In her poetry you see a very strong sense of death, and spirituality everywhere, in her view all things come to an end. Her poetry portrays a lot of death and spiritual scenery for example: “it was not death, for I stood up”, “faith is a fin innovation”, are good basis to explore Emily and how her poetryreally derives her true feelings.

In “faith” is a good invention, she briefly talks about how faith is great for people who have and don’t need, while people who are in desperate need are more bount on what technology can do for them than faith. This poems show how she viewed the world. She wrote poems like these...
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