Emily Dickinson 4


“Best Things dwell out of Sight”(#998) describes one of America’s greatest poets. She dwelled out of sight for most of her life and her poems, with the exception of seven published anonymously, remained out of sight until well after her death. Many literary scholars have attempted a biography on this mysterious woman and poet and yet none are conclusive. Dickinson remains an enigma even today but biographical speculation allows us to analyze some of her poetry even though we may be completely inaccurate about what we presuppose.
There are some facts about Emily Elizabeth Dickinson that we know for certain. She was born on December 10, 1830 and is recognized as one of ...

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America,” in Richard Sewall’s characterization. Educated at Amherst College and Yale, he soon became the leading lawyer in town. For thirty-seven years he was the treasurer of the college that his father helped establish in 1821. Besides this, Edward had accomplished much success in his life but biographers of Emily’s life believe that he paid for his public success through his emotional destitution. Emily’s father was a rigorous Calvinist and dominated the Dickinson family. His concept of life was rigid religious observance and obedience to God’s law as stated in the Bible. He prompted his children to read the Bible and attend church every Sunday. People who knew the Dickinsons referred to Edward as a “severe, latter-day Puritan, a power minded tyrant…”(Sewall: 8). However it seems that as ignorant as critics made him sound, Edward was modern-minded enough to educate all his children.
Edward Dickinson adamantly ...

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Although she occasionally visited friends, by the time she was forty years of age, she refused invitations to leave home and spent the remainder of her life taking care of her parents until they died (her father died in 1847, her mother died in 1882). Emily herself became bedridden during the last year of her life and her sister, Lavinia, nursed her until her death on May 15, 1886.
Although there is much biographical information about Dickinson, it seems that the key details are missing. What is the connection between the events in Dickinson’s life and her poems? The majority of her poems are about love, death, and religion. There are many explications of her biography through ...

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