Who Is Emily Dickinson?

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Little known during her lifetime, she has since been considered one of the most important figures in American poetry.

Although Dickinson was a prolific writer, the only publications she published during her lifetime were 10 of her nearly 1,800 poems and one letter. Her poems were unique for her era. The thing that makes her most influential in my eyes is her passionate love for Susan Gilbert and her experiences with that woman, who is the inspiration for all her poems. Susan was her closest and married Emily's brother Austin due to financial difficulties. Even this marriage could not reduce the intensity of the love between them. Throughout the poet’s life, Susan would be her muse, her mentor, her primary reader and editor, her fiercest lifelong attachment, her “Only Woman in the World.” She entered Dickinson’s life in the summer of 1850, which the poet would later remember as the season “when love first began, on the step at the front door, and under the Evergreens.” Emily and Suzan's love was intense. Despite seeing each other every day, they couldn't stand it, they wanted more. “I need her — I must have her, Oh give her to me!” Dickinson's poems are those that have a style of their own and are able to deftly write down their experiences on paper. Finally, I would like to end with one of my favorites. “Susie, will you indeed come home next Saturday, and be my own again, and kiss me as you used to?… I hope for you so much, and feel so eager for you, feel that I cannot wait, feel that now I must have you — that the expectation once more to see your face again makes me feel hot and feverish, and my heart beats so fast — I go to sleep at night, and the first thing I know, I am sitting there wide awake, and clasping my hands tightly, and thinking of next Saturday…” There is also a TV series called Emily Dickinson. The series tells the author's life and especially her relationship with Susan. The series, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Hunt, made its season finale. If you haven't watched it, you should now!


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