Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
1830-18861830-1886
• Born in Amherst,
Massachusetts,
where she lived all of
her life.
• Had one sister and
one brother with
whom she was very...
Attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for oneAttended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one
year, but left due to extreme...
Throughout her life she rarely left herThroughout her life she rarely left her
home, dressed in white, and visitorshome, d...
Wrote nearly 1800Wrote nearly 1800
poems in her lifetime,poems in her lifetime,
but only published abut only published a
...
 The early publishers felt the poemsThe early publishers felt the poems
needed to be “fixed.” They omitted theneeded to b...
Below is an early version of “I heard a fly buzz
when I died.” Notice it has a title, there are no
dashes or irregular cap...
Dickinson never married, but many of
her poems are passionate love poems.
Biographers have guesses about their
intended r...
One of her last letters was written to
her cousins as she lay dying:
Little cousins ­                       
            ...
One of her last letters was written to
her cousins as she lay dying:
Little cousins ­                       
            ...
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  1. 1. Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson 1830-18861830-1886
  2. 2. • Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she lived all of her life. • Had one sister and one brother with whom she was very close.
  3. 3. Attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for oneAttended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one year, but left due to extreme homesickness.year, but left due to extreme homesickness.
  4. 4. Throughout her life she rarely left herThroughout her life she rarely left her home, dressed in white, and visitorshome, dressed in white, and visitors were scarce.were scarce.
  5. 5. Wrote nearly 1800Wrote nearly 1800 poems in her lifetime,poems in her lifetime, but only published abut only published a few.few. Her poems wereHer poems were found by her sisterfound by her sister after her death. Theyafter her death. They were sewn together inwere sewn together in little packets on scrapslittle packets on scraps of paper.of paper.
  6. 6.  The early publishers felt the poemsThe early publishers felt the poems needed to be “fixed.” They omitted theneeded to be “fixed.” They omitted the dashes and “fixed” the meter, rhyme, anddashes and “fixed” the meter, rhyme, and punctuation.punctuation.  Scholars looking at the original poems inScholars looking at the original poems in the 1950s realized that Dickinson wasthe 1950s realized that Dickinson was being innovative. An unedited version ofbeing innovative. An unedited version of her poems was finally published in 1955.her poems was finally published in 1955.
  7. 7. Below is an early version of “I heard a fly buzz when I died.” Notice it has a title, there are no dashes or irregular capitals, rhymes are added, and everything flows neatly just like a poem is expected to. DYING. I HEARD a fly buzz when I die;- The stillness round my form Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm. The eyes beside had wrung them dry And breaths were gathering sure For that last onset when the king Be witnessed in his power. I willed my keepsakes, signed away What portion of me I Could make assignable and, and then There interposed a Fly, With blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz, Between the light and me; And then the windows failed, and then I could not see to see Below is the 1955 version, which was strictly a transcription of Dickinson’s original work. There’s no title, and the original dashes, capitals, and text are intact. 465 I heard a Fly buzz - when I died - The Stillness in the Room Was like the Stillness in the Air - Between the Heaves of Storm The Eyes around - had wrung them dry - And Breaths were gathering firm For that last Onset - when the King Be witnessed - in the Room - I willed my Keepsakes - Signed away What portion of me be Assignable - and then it was There interposed a Fly - With Blue - uncertain stumbling Buzz - Between the light - and me -
  8. 8. Dickinson never married, but many of her poems are passionate love poems. Biographers have guesses about their intended recipients, but no one is sure. Her poetry is known for its sparseness, concentration,and imagery.
  9. 9. One of her last letters was written to her cousins as she lay dying: Little cousins ­                                               Called back ­                                        Emily
  10. 10. One of her last letters was written to her cousins as she lay dying: Little cousins ­                                               Called back ­                                        Emily
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