Emily Dickinson Essay

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The Poet Who Watched the World Through Her Window

Brionna Gardenhire

9th Grade Honors Literature
Mr. Phillip Grabowskii
November 13, 2012

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the oldest daughter of Edward Dickinson, a successful lawyer, member of Congress, and for many years treasurer of Amherst College, and of Emily Norcross Dickinson, a timid woman. Lavinia, Dickinson’s sister, described Emily as "perfectly well & contented—She is a very good child & but little trouble." (Sewall 324) She was graduated from Amherst Academy in 1847, which was founded by her grandfather, Samuel Dickinson (Sewall, 337, Wolff, 19–21). She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley in
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He died from tuberculosis on March 24, 1853. Dickinson was shocked when she read it in the newspaper three days later. She was forced to rely solely on her branch of knowledge as her guide to writing poetry for years to follow. Emily Dickinson’s brother, Austin, married Susan Gilbert in 1853. Dickinson sought nothing but approval from her, by writing her many poems. Dickinson wrote, what are arguably considered, intimate letters to Susan Gilbert. The relationship was mostly tempestuous, which seemed to hurt Dickinson. Many believe the letters sent to Susan Gilbert during the course of their “friendship” was the start of her romantic poetry. In 1862, she became friends with a literary critic named Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Higginson had a long association with the Atlantic Monthly, contributing a number of articles, essays and poems. He published “Letters to a Young Contributor, “in which he encouraged and advised aspiring writers. Within a month, he received a note from Emily Dickinson, then 31 years old, along with four poems. He then became Dickinson’s pedagogue. Written communication between the two continued after their first letter; about 70 letters from their correspondence survive, along with about 100 poems. Higginson also visited the poet twice and attended her funeral in the spring of 1886. After her death, he continued to help other writers, but he will be remembered best by his

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