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Runaway Train Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10th 1830 one year after her brother Austin and three years before her sister Lavinia in Amherst Massachusetts to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson The Dickinson children were raised in Christian tradition in a very prominent family in the quiet community of Amherst Emilys grandfather Samuel Fowler Dickinson was the founder and trustee of the Amherst College and the Amherst Academy Edward Dickinson followed in his fathers footsteps into the position as trustee of the Amherst Institutions as well as many other powerful positions in his lifetime from Chief Marshall of the railroad to positions on many political organizations such as the United States House of Representatives Unlike her father Emily didnt enjoy the popularity and excitement of the public life in Amherst Throughout her life her mother was emotionally unattainable and as Emily once wrote to a friend her father was too busy with his Briefs-t o notice what we do qtd in American Writers 457 She filled the absences with poetry and so she wrote to her heart and minds content Poem 585 untitled by Emily but later given the name Runaway Train and I Like To See It Lap The Miles was proposed to have been written during Emilys most productive writing period 1862 This incredibly intelligent woman was reared in a world that had a major impact on her poetry including poem 585 The poem has a definite link to what she had been through in the past and also what she was seeing in the present At the age of 10 Emily began attending the Amherst College where she benefited a good education due to her fathers political standing in the community She continued on to South Hadley Female Seminary where she did extremely well In 1848 after only one year at the college she returned home due to homesickness medical problems and also religious matters Emily
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