Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 at their family’s homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Her father is Edward Dickinson, a trustee of Amherst College and a lawyer in Amherst. She was the second of three children.
She produced 1,775 poems in her lifetime, but only more than a dozen were published and were always anonymous. Some of her most famous poems include “I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed, Wild Nights – Wild Nights!, Success is Counted Sweetest, I felt a Funeral in My Brain, and I’m nobody! Who Are You?” among others.
Even at a young age, Emily already dazzled her teachers with her flowering imagination. Moreover, she is a voracious reader to further hone her craft. Aside from the scriptures, she also reads poems from Shakespeare and other metaphysical poets. Her poems are usually fragmented, but their striking imagery and hymn-like rhythms draw people in
To get a further glimpse into her imaginative mind, we compiled a list of the most famous Emily Dickinson quotes. Also, check out these poem books by Emily Dickinson.
EMILY DICKINSON QUOTES
“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.”
“I like a look of agony because I know it’s true.”
“To travel far, there is no better ship than a book.”
“Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.”
“There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing poetry.”
“Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.”
“Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. Espousing the former is not defending the latter.”
“That I shall love always, I argue thee that love is life, and life hath immortality.”
“They might not need me, but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight. A smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”
“Heart, we will forget him, You and I, tonight! You must forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light.”
Some people view some of Emily Dickinson’s poems as cryptic and chaotic in rhyme, and it takes a lot of poetic intellect to decipher their meaning. Nevertheless, her other simpler prose captivated the attention of the masses, then people started to love her more complex poems as well even until now, albeit posthumously.
Emily died of Bright’s disease on May 15, 1886. It was just ironic that her works gained popularity after she died. Still, she left such a strong impact in the literary world that she is now considered a persistent and influential figure in American culture, so we compiled a list of Emily Dickinson Quotes to commemorate her contributions in literature.