American poet Emily Dickinson lived a solitary life. Dickinson’s inventive use of form and grammar, which went unnoticed in her own lifetime, has gained her posthumous fame.
Who Was Emily Dickinson?
Teenage Emily Dickinson dropped out of school and finally lived alone on the family farm. She covertly penned hundreds of messages and assembled bundles of poems there.
Sister Lavinia made a discovery that led to the publication of Dickinson’s amazing work after her passing on May 15, 1886, in Amherst, and she is today regarded as one of the leading personalities in American literature.
Childhood and Education
Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830. Her family has longstanding ties to New England.
Samuel Dickinson, her paternal grandfather, is renowned for founding Amherst College. Her father was a state politician and employed at Amherst.
William Austin, Emily, and Lavinia Norcross were the couple’s three children from their marriage to Emily Norcross in 1828.
Dickinson, who excelled in school, spent seven years of her education at Amherst Academy (now Amherst College) before spending a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.
Although the actual circumstances for Dickinson’s eventual departure from the academy in 1848 are unknown, suggestions have been put out that suggest that her frail mental state and/or her father’s decision to have her removed from the school may have had a factor.
In the end, Dickinson resolutely defied prevailing religious conventions by refusing to affiliate with any one church or denomination.
Emily Dickinson Cause of Death
On May 15, 1886, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson, 55, passed away from heart failure. She was interred at the West Cemetery’s family plot. Dickinson’s birthplace, the Homestead, is now a museum.
When Dickinson passed away, just a small portion of her writings had been published, and those that had were edited and changed to conform to the prevailing norms of the day.
Unfortunately, the change greatly diminished the impact of Dickinson’s distinctive use of syntax and form. Lavinia found hundreds of poems that Dickinson had written throughout the years after her sister passed away.
These books’ initial volume was released in 1890.