Emily Dickinson


'Called Back'


Emily Dickinson is buried in West Cemetery, Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, America.


Gravestone of Emily Dickinson

Emily was educated at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoake.

As a young woman she was outgoing and sociable but gradually she began to withdraw from the world until, by the age of 30, she was a virtual recluse. She was however a prolific letter writer and corresponded, in particular, with Samuel Bowles, the editor of the Springfield Republican.

During her lifetime she had only a handful of poems published and these were heavily edited.

After Emily's death, her sister discovered more than 1800 of her poems in a dresser drawer in her house in Amherst. These poems were finally published in 1890 (edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson) - with their original punctuation and presentation restored.

At first Emily was regarded as a quirky, minor poet but her reputation has grown steadily and she is seen today as having a unique voice and style.

Emily's poetry reflected her powerful sense of isolation and inner conflict.

She is sometimes known as the 'Belle' or 'Nun of Amherst'.   



Because I could not stop for Death -
He kindly stopped for me -
The Carriage held but just Ourselves -
And Immortality.

From 'Because I could not stop for Death' (complete poem)

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