Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

(1830-86) was born in a village in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. She led a quiet life, writing poetry for her own enjoyment and to entertain her friends. She remained unmarried. Though she was not religious herself, the themes of her poetry were mostly religious. She achieved fame as a poet only after her death in 1886. The first volume of her poems was published posthumously in 1890. The major themes of her poetry relate to death, immortality, love, friendship and nature. Her poems are very simple in style. She wrote her poems in secret. She did not show her poem even to her family. She had written more than a thousand lyrics. She wrote about small pleasures brought by the change of seasons of domestic incidents. Her style is precise, highly connotative and symbolic. She is closer to the Metaphysical poets in the compression of meaning in poetry.

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