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Emily Dickinson's Home with her room illuminated

Emily Dickinson’s Home with her room illuminated

A reminder that there are those with a hermit’s heart who are not Catholic and have never taken vows.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although part of a prominent family with strong ties to its community, Dickinson lived much of her life highly introverted. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family’s house in Amherst. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a noted penchant for white clothing and became known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence.

Here’s one of her lesser known poems.

It is an honorable Thought

And makes One lift One’s Hat

As One met sudden Gentlefolk

Upon a daily Street

That we’ve immortal Place

Though Pyramids decay

And Kingdoms like the Orchard

Flit Russetly away.

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