Black and white photograph of Emily Dickinson sitting next to a desk.

Emily Dickinson

(1830 - 1886)

Emily Dickinson wrote to a friend in 1858 from her childhood house in Amherst, where she lived most of her life, “I do not cross my father’s ground to any house or town.” She liked to compose poems in her bedroom; although she wrote over seventeen hundred of them, she published only a handful. Helen Hunt Jackson, who later placed one of Dickinson’s poems in an anonymous collection, wrote to her, “You are a great poet—and it is a wrong to the day you live in that you will not sing aloud. When you are what men call dead, you will be sorry you were so stingy.”

All Writing

Voices In Time

1865 | Amherst, MA

A Quiet Thing

Emily Dickinson considers the spark.More

I think heaven will not be as good as earth, unless it bring with it that sweet power to remember, which is the staple of heaven here.

—Emily Dickinson, 1879

Conjecturing a Climate
Of unsuspended Suns –
Adds poignancy to Winter

—Emily Dickinson, 1863

Voices In Time

1862 | Amherst, MA

Awe Inspired

Emily Dickinson on the pleasures of not creating. More

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

Voices In Time

1861 | Amherst


I’m Nobody! Who are you?More

Voices In Time

1861 | Amherst, MA

High on Life

Emily Dickinson drinks deep from nature.More

Voices In Time

c. 1862 | Amherst, MA


Emily Dickinson observes a departure. More

Voices In Time

1863 | Amherst, MA

On the Contrary

For Emily Dickinson, time does not heal everything.More

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