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Emily Dickinson

1830 - 1886

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.

                                                         —Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is recognized as one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century.

Dickinson's life was outwardly simple, but behind scenes worked a prolific and talented poet. Her work was influenced by the metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England, and by her Puritan upbringing. She admired the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats. Dickinson never married, finding in her poetry, reading, gardening and close friendships a rich, fulfilling life.

After Dickinson's death in Cambridge on May 15, 1886 over 1700 poems, bound into booklets, were discovered in her bureau. Only ten of Dickinson's peoms were published during her lifetime, and those without her consent. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890.

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Article written by Robin Chew - December 1995