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
“I don’t profess to be profound, but I do lay claim to common sense.”
“One need not be a chamber to be haunted. One need not be a house; The brain has corridors surpassing material place.”
“I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.”
“Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.”
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
“Bring me the sunset in a cup.”
“Nature is a haunted house but art is a house that tries to be haunted.”
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physical as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”
“Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words. And never stops at all.”
“To shut your eyes is to travel.”
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.