Poems – Emily Dickson

Who is Emily Dickson?

Emily Dickinson was an American poet who lived from 1830 to 1886. She is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential poets in American literature. Dickinson’s poetry is characterized by its unique style and exploration of themes such as nature, death, and spirituality. Born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson lived a reclusive and introverted life, rarely leaving her family home.

Despite her seclusion, she maintained a rich inner world and was a prolific writer, composing over 1,800 poems during her lifetime. However, only a handful of her poems were published during her lifetime, as Dickinson was known for her reluctance to engage with the public and the publishing industry.

Dickinson’s poetry is marked by its concise and condensed language, often using unconventional punctuation and capitalization. Her poems are known for their complex and ambiguous meanings, requiring careful analysis and interpretation. Many of her works explore themes of mortality and the afterlife, as well as the nature of existence and the human experience.

Although Dickinson’s work was largely overlooked during her lifetime, her poetry gained recognition and acclaim after her death. Her unique style and profound insights into the human condition have made her a staple in American literature, with her poems continuing to resonate with readers to this day.

Not in Vain

Emily Dickson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.