"Emily Dickinson" Emily Dickinson was born on 10th December, 1830, in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst, 50 miles from Boston, had become well known as a centre for Education, based around Amherst College. Her family were pillars of the local community; their house known as ?The Homestead? or ?Mansion? was often used as a meeting place for distinguished visitors including, Ralph Waldo Emerson. (although it unlikely he met with Emily Dickinson)
As a young child, Emily proved to be a bright and conscientious student. She showed a sharp intelligence, and was able to create many original writings of rhyming stories, delighting her fellow classmates. Emily?s father was strict and keen to bring up his children in the proper way. Emily said of her father. ?his heart was pure and terrible
Emily Dickinson Religious beliefs The Calvinist approach to religion believed that men were inherently sinful and most humans were doomed to hell. There was only a small number who would be saved, and this could only be achieved by the adherent proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ, as the true Saviour. There was subtle, but concerted effort, to encourage people to declare themselves saved. Both, at school and at college, there would have been much of this subtle pressure put on Emily to join the ?saved?; but this she never did. Her father was not too concerned with the religious views of his children even though, later in his life, he also accepted this belief. Thus, on the crucial issue of the day Emily was relatively isolated
Her fascination of poetry Emily Dickinson?s later seclusion from society gives an impression of a life of austerity and simplicity. This has been romanticised, with the frequently cited preference for her wearing all white dresses. However, Emily was both a keen artist and accomplished musician. In her college years she enjoyed singing; making reference to the similarities between poetry and singing. She also had a sharp eye for beautiful art; this visual sense and her appreciation of bright colours being evident in many of her poems. Emily was also well read, choosing writers such as; Emerson, Thoreau, Dickens, John Ruskin, and nineteenth- century poets like the Browning?s and the Bronte sisters.
Fun Facts About Emily=] Isolation. Emily Dickinson seemed to be shy and reclusive for most of her life. As a result, by the late 1860s, she no longer left the boundaries of her family home. She would shutter herself away in her room when visitors called and only spoke by shouting through the door. However, she did correspond with friends through avid letter writing. Gardening. Emily Dickinson not only loved writing and reading, she loved nature. She was an avid gardener and used many horticultural references in her poetry. She wrote passionately about various flowers and created her own immaculate herbarium with more than 400 samples. A herbarium, a popular pastime in the 1800s, was a book filled with pressed and labeled samples of plants and flowers.
If I Should Die, By: Emily Dickinson If i should die, and you should live, and time should gurgle on. If morn should beam, and noon should burn as it has usual done. If birds should build as early, and bees as bustling go One might depart by option, from enterprise below. Tis sweet to know what stocks will stand,when we with daisies lie. That commerce will continue, and trades as briskly fly. It makes the parting tranquil, and keeps te soul serene. That gentlemen so sprightly, conduct the pleasing scene!
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