Emily Dickinson, one of the most iconic poets of the 20th century. Most people have considering how she changed the direction of twentieth century poetry, strangely Emily Dickinson only became famous after her death in 1886 and only having two of her poems published in her lifetime. Her imagination, her style of writing, and the way she captured her audience is what made her unique from many other poets and authors.
Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts and would remain there her whole life, and lived the last years of her life a recluse, writing poetry. After her death, her sister found hundreds of poems Dickinson had written, got them published, and Emily Dickinson's reputation grew from there, making her one of literature's most renowned poets. “She is known for her poignant, compressed, and deeply charged poems, which have profoundly influenced the direction of 20th-century poetry, and gained her an almost cult following among some.” (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Dickinson). Dickinson gained much fame as the years moved on new poems being discovered and new critics studying them.
She had studied at Amherst Academy from 1840 to 1847 and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1847 to 1848. Her first collection of poetry was published in 1890 by personal acquaintances Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd, both of who had heavily edited the content. A complete and mostly unaltered collection of her poetry became available for the first time in 1955 when The Poems of Emily Dickinson was published by scholar Thomas H. Johnson. Despite some unfavorable reviews and some skepticism during the late 19th and early 20th century as to Dickinson's literary prowess, she is now almost universally considered to be one of the most important American poets.
Dickinson’s work gained much criticism throughout the years, giving new perspectives to her style of writing and understanding who she was as a person. Maurice Thompson, who was literary editor of The Independent for twelve years, noted in 1891 that her poetry had "a strange mixture of rare individuality and originality". (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Dickinson) Some critics oved Dickinson's effort, but disapproved of her unusual...