Though considered by many the greatest American female poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) saw only a few of her 1,700 poems published in her lifetime, and those were published anonymously and without her permission. Her style considered unconventional and complex, she used short phrases set off by dashes. Her themes focused on intense extremes of life and death, grief and ecstasy, love and loneliness, religious salvation and sensual romance. Though she lived a secluded life in her home at Amherst, Massachusetts, her powerful poetry has touched generations of readers.
Scott Catalogue USA: 1436
Museum ID: 1980.2493.5841