Before the sun you rise to great heights- showing your mighty trunk in brilliant shades of brown and gray. You take a bow, embracing the wind- enticed to join in- you begin to sway. Your prominent twisted chest, branches out with sounds of paper wax- whispering among the day. Your hollow heart stirs- pure with energy of life- in the moments beat; Your blood flows with the intensity of a river- from the dirt below to the blue above- stopping only to replenish its’ broken banks. You are a power to be reckoned with, but to fate… remain… merciful.
A tree in its’ great design and magnificent presence- could only be possible- through climate, inhabitants, and terrain; an individual being, determined by the nature that surrounds it. Emily Dickinson was one of those great beings and is still considered to be one. Created through the influence of family expectations and her own life experiences- she truly came to know- the nature of her design-- writing.
Upon her birth in Amherst Massachusetts- December tenth of 1830- she was unaware of who she was expected to be, or become. She was simply a child, during a time of indifference, between sexes and cultural background- the Victorian age. A time when women were better off tending to matters of home, and men tended to worldly matters near and afar. Unbeknownst to her; the family name Dickinson came with great expectation (Priddy). They were one of the first known settlers in the Amherst community. Influencing Amherst to become a town of knowledge- empowering their youth to prosper through education and national accomplishments (Carpenter, Morehouse).
Grandfather to Emily Dickinson- Samuel F. Dickinson- was one of many to influence her life. He understood what it meant to the individual- nonsexist- to obtain an education (Amherst college). Clearly stating his feelings on the matter, in an address to Hampshire;
“A good husbandman will also educate well his daughters…daughters should be well instructed in the useful sciences; comprising a good English education: including a thorough knowledge of our own language, geography, history, mathematics and natural philosophy. The female mind, so sensitive, so susceptible of improvement, should not be neglected….God hath designed nothing in vain.” (Amherst College).
Through the standards of his father, Edward Dickinson is held to great pressure. He is to educate his children- male or female- no matter what. To uphold a primitive family status and name, continuing the cycle of obligation on to his children. As an influence in stature, Samuel Dickinson- in 1814- was one of the “driving forces” leading to the development of Amherst Academy. It is not for certain, but is rumored; Samuel Dickinson may have been the main contributor to the Academy- starting its development (Amherst College). With the Dickinson’s social status came wealth- unfortunately- Samuel Dickinson went bankrupt after his latest contributions- leading to the uneasy sale of...