Amherst Poems

‘Emily Elizabeth Dickinson’ was a prolific private poet, born in (1830) ‘Amherst’, ‘Massachusetts’, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life.

Not only familiar with the ‘Bible’ but also with contemporary popular literature, many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, her first collection of poetry was published in (1890) and ‘William Shakespeare’ was also a potent influence in her life.

‘Dickinson’ poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation.

She is now almost universally considered to be one of the most important ‘American’ poets.

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