Emily Dickinson was a reclusive American poet, born on December 10, 1830 in Massachusetts. Known as an eccentric in her village of Amherst, her work went unrecognized in her time.
Emily's collection of poems is now thought to be among the best literature of the 20th century.
When Emily was young, a good friend and cousin Sophia Holland grew ill and died from typhus. She then developed a “deepening menace of death.”
There’s a lot of speculation over why Emily Dickinson was so reclusive. One thing is clear however, Dickinson was a highly sensitive introvert. This, along with her other possible ailments made it hard for her to fit into mainstream society.
Perhaps, what we all can learn from Emily Dickinson is how to harness our special gifts. Her eccentricities were a double edges sword. While, her reclusion often caused her pain, it provided the environment that allowed her to create such a large body of work. It's true, what makes us different can cause us pain, but it is also often where our opportunities lie.
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