How Does Life Influence Emily Dickinson's Poetry

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Emily Spanihel
Eng. 1302
August 3, 2016
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson’s poetry was heavily influenced by the Metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England, as well as her reading of the Book of Revelation and her upbringing in a Puritan New England town, which encouraged a Calvinist, orthodox, and conservative approach to Christianity. She admired the poetry of Robert, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and John Keats. Though she was discouraged from reading the verse of her contemporary Walt Whitman by rumors of its disgracefulness, the two poets are now connected by the distinguished place they hold as the founders of a uniquely American poetic voice.
Emily Dickerson’s poem, If I can stop one Heart from breaking, the poem talks about helping someone or something from pain and sorrow. A broken heart can come from a relationship, a death, or any of the typical hardships that people go through in life. She is saying that if she is able to stop one person from experiencing …show more content…

Her father Edward who was lawyer along with her brother William Austin. Her mother Emily Norcross stayed home to care for the children. Emily had a sister, Lavina Norcross, who also never married or left the homestead. During her life, Emily Dickinson rarely left her father's house and grounds and rarely saw other people besides members of her immediate family. Emily did attend a school call Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary near where she lived. Dickinson would have finished school if not for her poor health. She had many health problems including an eye ailment that she went to Boston for in the summer months. Emily Dickinson preferred her room, kitchen and her favorite outside garden areas. She was a loner. Emily never really liked being around people and that shows when there is only one existing photograph of her as a

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