Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Though virtually unknown in her lifetime, Dickinson has come to be regarded as one of the great American poets of the 19th century. Although she wrote over 1700 poems, only a handful of them were published during her lifetime.
Living a life of simplicity and seclusion, she yet wrote poetry of great power, questioning the nature of immortality and death, with at times an almost mantric quality. Her different lifestyle have created an aura, often romanticised, and frequently a source of interest and speculation. But ultimately Emily Dickinson is remembered for her unique poetry. Within short, compact phrases she expresses far-reaching ideas; amidst paradox and uncertainty her poetry has an undeniable capacity to move and provoke.
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