Emily Dickinson 's Writing Poetry Essay

1410 Words May 11th, 2016 6 Pages
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry” (Dickinson). Emily spent her life writing poetry that would make anyone who read her poems feel that way. Dickinson inspires many people through the stories of her poems. Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. According to Biography.com, she was educated at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. However, she missed long periods of the school year due to depression and sickness (Poets.org). She left school as a teenager to live on the family homestead. This was the same time that she began writing poetry. Her closest friend and mentor was Susan Gilbert. Susan was married to Dickinson’s brother, Austin, and she was a writer. She wrote Emily’s obituary and was asked to edit her poems to be published, but she took too long for Lavinia Dickinson’s liking (Poets.org). Emily took care of her sick mother from the 1850s until her mother died in 1882. Emily never married and she lived on the family homestead until she died. Researchers have contemplated that Emily suffered from agoraphobia, which is the fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, along with depression, and/or anxiety. Also, she was being treated for an ailment of the eye, which is a physical disorder, but they don’t know specifically what it was (Poets.org). After the mid 1860s, she never really left the Homestead. She studied botany, the science of plants, and assembled an herbarium,…

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