Essay on Emily Dickinson

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Unlike most American authors, Emily Dickinson was a quiet, reclusive woman of the 1800’s. She wasn’t known as a poet until several years after her death, however she is considered to be one of the great American poets (“Emily Dickinson-Biography.”). Emily Dickinson wrote about her own life experiences; love, death, education, and her desire to remain young or immortal. Her work, discovered after her death, grew in popularity and continues to sell today.
Born into a well off family on December 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson and her family had no grasp on how she would live her life, or the lasting impact she would have (“Emily Dickinson-Biography.”). Growing up in the center of Amherst society, her ability to surpass the patriarchy of the time
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Delighted in all aspects of the school curriculum, especially the sciences, Dickinson was influenced greatly by her new found knowledge (“Emily Dickinson.”, Eberwein).
Emily Dickinson’s father, however, was not a supporter of all of her sources for inspiration (“Emily Dickinson-Biography.”). Cultivated with literary figures, Dickinson enjoyed reading many different authors to promote her own work (Eberwein). Edward Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s father, was very strict about the types of literature allowed in their household, despite his desire for his family to receive an education. Authors including Walt Whitman, for example, were not allowed in their household, as Dickinson’s father deemed it to be inappropriate (“Emily Dickinson-Biography.”). An employee of her father named Benjamin Franklin Newton, encouraged her to read the works of such like Emerson and Wordsworth (Emily Dickinson Museum). “Emily Dickinson later wrote: “Mr. Newton became to me a gentle, yet grave Preceptor, teaching me what to read, what authors to admire, what was most grand or beautiful in nature, and that sublime lesson, a faith in things unseen”” (Emily Dickinson Museum). With his inspiration, Dickinson developed an independent streak, rebelling against the “literary stifling of her father” (“Emily Dickinson-Biography.”)
For these reason, Emily Dickinson was known more as a gardener than a

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