16 May-Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a poet who was a native of America. She is known for her innovative use of form and syntax. Very few of her poems were published during her lifetime. Following her death in 1886 her younger sister discovered that she had written almost 1,800 poems. Her poetry has been included in the prescribed material for the Leaving Certificate English Examination.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10th 1830. She left school as a teenager and rebelled against the extreme religious zeal which was common at the time. She lived her whole life in Amherst eventually becoming a reclusive. She interacted with the world mostly through correspondence. She is widely regarded as one of the most innovative poets in modern literature.

Emily Dickinson, a poet who was a native of America, died in Amherst, Massachusetts in the year 1886 On This Day.

Photograph of Emily Dickinson, seated, at the age of 16

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, c. early 1847, located in Amherst College Archives

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