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One of Americas most well respected poets is Emily Dickinson Although she never personally received credit for her work it continues to receive great recognition today Through her successful poems we get a better idea of her life views on religion and feelings about love Emily Dickinson was born on December 10 1830 in Amherst Massachusetts Her father Edward was a lawyer legislator and Calvinist He was a stern religious man who required his family to attend Sunday School In her late teens Dickinson refused to call herself a believing Christian She spent numerous years at a primary school and also studied classics at Amherst Academy As a youthful teen she lived an average and active life This is when she began writing poetry consisting of occasional verses and valentines She enrolled at South Hadley Seminary for Women but withdrew within a year due to ill health After her departure from school she returned home to spend the rest of her life maintaining family and household duties Several of Emily Dickinsons friends were men In 1848 she met Benjamin Newton and he became her guide for reading That soon ended due to his marriage and sudden death from Tuberculosis in 1853 She then met Reverend Charles Wadsworth in 1854 which she referred to as her dearest earthly friend Over the eight years she was in close contact with him her writing increased but it grew drastically after he moved to Reynolds 2 San Francisco in 1862 Soon after Wadsworths exit from her life Dickinson began spending time with Thomas Higginson He was a Civil War hero and literary critic who she sent some of her writings to He began to make her feel as though he was ridiculing her work Some critics believe that his pessimistic response to her work played a major role in why she never published any of her poems The only man who showed any real interest in her as more
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