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Stephen Whitehead Mrs Etheridge English Honors 10 20 April 2001 Emily Dickinson The Lonely Poet Emily Dickinson was largely known for her morbid writings that seemed to mirror her own life Her best works were written after the death of a close friend or family member Emily Dickinsons loneliness deceiving loves and family members deaths greatly influenced her writings that were a mere attempt to let others know of her problems Probably the most important influence for Emily Dickinson was the time perio in which she was born She was born into what seemed to be a kind of intellectual time period for Amherst Massachusetts The time and place included such distinguished poets as Noah Webster Helen Hunt Jackson Eugene Field and Robert Frost Dickinson had the perfect surrounding for an aspiring poet a very prominent family and many renowned poets to stimulate her desire to write Longsworth xii Emily Dickinson was born in a brick house on December 10 1830 in a little town called Amherst Massachusetts Longsworth 12 According to Noah Webster who lived up the street from Dickinson from 1812-1822 she was born in a mansion His definition of a mansion was a building with four or more chimneys the Dickinsons house had five This of course was the inventor of the Websters Dictionary Longsworth 12 Emily Dickinsons father Edward Dickinson was the treasurer of the local college Amherst Puritan Christian College He was a very strict parent and expected his family to act proper due to their high social status and would settle for nothing but the best Longsworth 4 Mr Dickinson was also a part of the Whig party in the State Legislature he also supported the Temperance Association which was the fight against alcohol and contributed to the local newspaper Edward hardly expressed his emotions towards his family although they never questioned his love for them When he died Austin Dickinsons older brother leaned over the
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