Emily Dickinson Quotes & Poems


Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Little known during her life, she has since been regarded as one of the most important figures in American poetry.[2]

Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst.

Evidence suggests that Dickinson lived much of her life in isolation. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a penchant for white clothing and was known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence.[3]

While Dickinson was a prolific writer, her only publications during her lifetime were 10 of her nearly 1,800 poems, and one letter.[4] The poems published then were usually edited significantly to fit conventional poetic rules. Her poems were unique for her era. They contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation.[5] Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends, and also explore aesthetics, society, nature and spirituality.[6]

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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.

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That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

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Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.

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Saying nothing sometimes says the most.

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I dwell in possibility…

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 The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

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I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.

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I felt it shelter to speak to you.

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Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.

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That I shall love always,
I argue thee
that love is life,
and life hath immortality.

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Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.

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Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.

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Parting is all we know of Heaven,
and all we need of Hell.

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If you were coming in the Fall,
I'd brush the Summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As Housewives do a Fly.

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Judge tenderly of me.

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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

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I have been bent and broken, but — I hope—into a better shape.

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That love is all there is, Is all we know of love.

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The possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.

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I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too?

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In this short life
That only lasts an hour
How much-how little-is
Within our power.

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Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

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Rowing in Eden—
Ah, the sea!
Might I but moor— Tonight—
In thee!

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Forever – is composed of Nows –
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –

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We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.

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I wonder if it hurts to live,
And if they have to try,
And whether, could they choose between,
They would not rather die.

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A precious, mouldering pleasure ’t is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think.

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 I started early, took my dog,
And visited the sea;
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me

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The soul should always stand ajar,
That if the heaven inquire,
He will not be obliged to wait,
Or shy of troubling her.

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I would have drowned twice to save you sinking, dear.
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Hope

 

 

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1 comment


  • Diane Rauschenfels

    I love A Brave Soul given thought to hearts! Thank you!


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