Monday, December 10, 2012
“The soul should always stand ajar, / That if the heaven inquire, / He will not be obliged to wait” … Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She briefly attended Mount Holyoke before returning to her family's house in Amherst, where she lived a mostly introverted, reclusive life, known for wearing white clothing. Despite prolific writing, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published in her lifetime. Her poetry is varied in form and style, resonating with hymns and song forms and also with psalms and riddles, marked by the use of dashes, unconventional capitalization, and highly idiosyncratic vocabulary and imagery. In her most creative period, 1861-1865, she wrote a high volume of vigorous, emotional poems and developed her themes of life and death. Before she died in 1886, her last letter simply stated, "Little Cousins, Called Back. Emily."