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Not one of Emily Elizabeth Dickinsons readers has met the woman who lived and died in Amherst Massachusetts more than a century ago yet most of those same readers who have come to understand her through her work feel as if they know her closely However it was her reclusive life that made understanding her quite difficult However taking a close look at her verses one can learn a great deal about this remarkable woman The poetry of Emily Dickinson dives deep into her mind exploring and exposing her personal experiences and their influence on her thoughts about religion love and death By examining her life some and reading her poetry in a certain light one can see an obvious autobiographical connection As Americas best-known female poet and one of the foremost authors in American literature Dickinson is simply constructed yet intensely felt as her acutely intellectual writings take subject issues substantially into humanity and exposing the agonies and ecstasies of love sexuality the horrors of war God and religious belief the importance of humor and the unfathomable nature of death Born in Amherst Massachusetts Dickinson was the middle child of a prominent politician lawyer and one-term United States congressional representative Edward Dickinson and his wife Emily Norcross Dickinson whom she was named after In short Dickinson attended the Amherst Academy from 1840 to 1847 and from 1847 to 1848 she studied at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary now Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley a few miles from Amherst With the exception of a trip to Washington DC in the late 1850s and a few trips to Boston for eye treatments in the early 1860s Dickinson remained in Amherst living in the same house on Main Street from 1855 until her death Now if only it was that simple However it is through the long version that one will truly learn about the life of Emily Dickinson Throughout her childhood Emily Dickinson was
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