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Emily Dickinson was a reclusive person with an emotional passionate intense life filled with her genius for writing poetry Although criticized for her unconventional style of writing including her rough rhythm and imperfect grammar and rhymes she continued to write in her own unique way Many aspects of her life such as her relationships with various people remain a mystery and are not well knownEmily Dickinson almost always stayed near her home in fact she hardly ever strayed from her birthplace of Amherst Massachusetts She enjoyed spending time at home in her garden She was deeply affected by her relationships with certain people specifically menOne of her profound relationships was with poetry critic Thomas Wentworth Higginson She had contacted him by mail in 1862 enclosing a few poems He responded with suggestions on her writing style but Dickinson chose to ignore his suggestions Dickinson and Higginson corresponded for the next twenty-two years Dickinson had other relationships with men that affected her life dramatically Her family specifically her father and brother were an important influence In addition a very large influence and source of inspiration for her was the Reverend Charles Wadsworth She met him in Philadelphia in the 1850s The relationship between them was a very mysterious one He was married and had a family He left for California in 1862 In that very year Emily Dickinson wrote an astounding three hundred and sixty six poems Many of them shared the themes of love death nature immortality and beauty She typically portrayed death as a monarch leader lord or lover Her moods changed and varied of utter despair to extreme ecstasy These moods were shown in almost all her poems Mine-by the Right of the White ElectionMine-by the Royal SealMine-by the Sign in the Scarlet prison-Bars-cannot concealMine-here-in Vision-and in VetoMine by the Graves Repeal-Titled-Confirmed-Delirious CharterMine-long as Ages steal Emily Dickinson 1862In this poem Emily Dickinson is saying that everything tangible can be taken away from
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