Death And Religion : Emily Dickinson Essay

1259 Words Apr 26th, 2015 6 Pages
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, who was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a woman that is universally considered to be one of the most important American poets. Though Dickinson 's insights are profound, they are very limited in variation of themes. Dickinson recurring speaks of death and religion in over half of her written poems. Much of Dickinson’s poetry constantly wrestles with the essence of death and a profound skepticism towards God, resulting in a common themes and subject matter. Emily Dickinson was the second of three children born to Edward Dickinson, treasurer of Amherst College, a state legislator, and a U.S. Congressman and her homemaker mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson. Dickinson was close to both her older brother, William Austin Dickinson, 1829-1895 a lawyer, as well as her younger sister, Lavinia 1833-1899, who stayed at home with Dickinson. Dickinson was well educated for a female of her time. She had several years of formal schooling, and had spent one year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Although she reportedly had several male suitors, Dickinson never married perhaps to escape a conventional life that would have undoubtedly ended her writing. During her late teens and early twenties, she endured the deaths of several friends and family members, events that appeared to contribute to her seeming fascination with death.
Emily Dickinson began writing as a teenager. Her early influences included Leonard Humphrey, principal of Amherst…

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