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The influences on Emily Dickinsons writings were friendship nature religion andmostly her own life and experiences Dickinson is known for being one ofAmericas greatest poets Her poetry reflects her own life and gives an intimaterecollection of her own inspirational momentsg3 Most of her poetry was nevermeant to be published but since it was she became very well known for it Dickinson did not have contact with very many people in her life but theones she did see a lot had a great impact on her thoughts and poetry The mostinfluential of her friends who also offered her a lot of guidance about her life andpoetry was a minister named Charles Wadsworth They met in Philadelphia andhe quickly became her best friend Wadsworth was an influence because hisorthodox Calvinism acted as a beneficial catalyst to Dickinsons theoreticalinfluences d4 He gave her ideas of many different things to write about and tothink about Wadsworth was also a solitary romantic person that Dickinson couldconfide in when writing her poetry Many people believed that Dickinson had agreat love for Wadsworth even though he was married Many critics believe thathe was the basis for many of her love poems When Wadsworth moved to thewest coast his departure made Dickinson very depressed and heartsick whichshowed in her poems This may have been the thing that started a period ofAnother person that greatly affected her poems was a women namedSusan Gilbert Emily wrote many letters to Gilbert which included many of hergreatest poems They had met in Amherst and instantly became very closefriends and they shared many interests Dickinson trusted Gilbert completely There were even some rumors about Dickinson and Gilbert having an intimaterelationship Dickinson was very upset when Gilbert became engaged to AustinDickinson Emily Dickinsons brother Dickinson and Gilbert lost contact foralmost two years after the marriage When Gilbert and Austin Dickinson movednext-door to Emily Dickinson their correspondence started againDuring the later years of her writing career death had a large
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