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Alicia Larrick Amanda Kirchner ENC 1102 11 November 2018 Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson is considered one of the most influential American poets though she was not recognized as such until after her death. Dickinson, who lived in the mid-nineteenth century, was greatly influenced by her time at Amherst College and her family’s connection to the school. However, a greater influence to her writing may have been her often noted fragile mental state and the self-imposed seclusion that accompanied it later in life. Dickinson penned nearly 2,000 poems, much of which were written in common meter, using dashes in place of common punctuation and capitals to emphasize words of importance. Her works are awash with symbolism in the form of tangible objects standing in for thoughts, feelings and abstract ideas. “Hope is the thing with feathers,” a rhythmic short poem written by Emily Dickinson, is wholly representative of the author’s overall use of style and symbolism, where feelings of faith and fear are thinly veiled yet perfectly represented as opposing forces. Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. She was the middle child in a family of three children. Her family roots were deep in New England. Dickinson’s grandfa- ther, Samuel Dickinson, founded Amherst College and her father was a successful lawyer and state legislator. Much like any young woman of her statue at the time, most of her early life was consumed with baking, gardening, church and other domestic activities. ( Major Characteristics of Dickinson's Poetry ). One particularly notable difference in her upbringing was her access to an exceptional educational experience.
Emily was a bright student and attended Amherst Academy (now Amherst College) for seven years, then went to Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. In 1848, she left the seminary after one year , without explanation, and returned to her family’s homestead. (“Emily Dickinson”) Once she returned home, she began her writing. On February 20, 1852, the Springfield Daily Re- publican published one of Dickinson’s poems “Sie transit gloria mundi” which translated from Latin means “Thus passes the glory of the world.” The paper published it anonymously and sim- ply titled it “A Valentine”. This is the first known publication of any Emily Dickinson’s poems. ( Major Characteristics of Dickinson's Poetry ) From 1858 to 1865 is when she was the most productive, writing more than 1,100 poems during that time. The bulk of her poems focused on the emotions of pain, grief, joy, and love with many others focused on nature, art, and God. (“Emily Dickinson”). Dickinson drew her thoughts from personal experiences and her reflection on love was no different. Of note, Dickin -

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