Emily Dickinson

1830-1886

'Called Back'

 

Emily Dickinson is buried in West Cemetery, Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, America. (See map...ref no. 8)

 

 
Gravestone of Emily Dickinson

Emily was educated at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoake.

As a young woman she was outgoing and sociable but gradually she began to withdraw from the world until, by the age of 30, she was a virtual recluse. She was however a prolific letter writer and corresponded, in particular, with Samuel Bowles, the editor of the Springfield Republican.

During her lifetime she had only a handful of poems published and these were heavily edited.

After Emily's death, her sister discovered more than 1800 of her poems in a dresser drawer in her house in Amherst. These poems were finally published in 1890 (edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson) - with their original punctuation and presentation restored.

At first Emily was regarded as a quirky, minor poet but her reputation has grown steadily and she is seen today as having a unique voice and style.

Emily's poetry reflected her powerful sense of isolation and inner conflict.

She is sometimes known as the 'Belle' or 'Nun of Amherst'.   


    

                           

Because I could not stop for Death -
He kindly stopped for me -
The Carriage held but just Ourselves -
And Immortality.

From 'Because I could not stop for Death' (complete poem)

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