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Emily Dickinson | A success story etched in the pages of history



Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was an American poet. Only 10 of her, nearly 1,800 poems are known to have been published in her lifetime. Her determination to follow her heart helped her throughout in her journey to do what she was passionate about. Life was not easy for her. She faced her fair share of failures and struggles. But her determination and efforts have paved way to etching her name in the pages of history. Her success story till date, people long appreciate her. This success was a result of a series of struggles and setbacks. The recognition for her accomplishments given long after his passing. But her persistence has greatly paid off for we are talking about her decades later.

Emily Dickinson’s early struggles:

Emily Dickinson was the second of three children. Her father, Edward Dickinson, was a forceful and prosperous Whig lawyer while her mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson, was an introverted wife and hardworking housekeeper. She grew up in a close knit family. Right from her childhood, she led a reclusive life. People who knew her described her to be reclusive and eccentric. She never got married. She devoted all her time to writing poems for she felt it made her feel alive. Most of her poems were about dystopian subjects such as death, but she also wrote vehemently about immortality. Things she would also often discuss with “friends” through correspondence.

Emily Dickinson considered herself to be a failure all through her life. While now people honor her as one of the most renowned poets in history, during her lifetime she never received appreciation for her works. Less than a dozen poems only published during her lifetime. She had her own unique style of writing and the publishers weren’t really fond of the change. Of the poems published during her lifetime, most usually ended up altered significantly. The people felt that her style departed so much from the norm of the day. This with their lack of titles and odd capitalization and punctuation throughout. But despite the failures and rejections she encountered throughout her life, she never once though about giving up. She was a very persistent and hardworking individual.

One major backfall Dickinson faced in her life was due her reluctance to meet or correspond with many people about her work. As a fiercely-devote introvert, she was reluctant to embrace many face-to-face relationships. Instead she chose for correspondence rather than in-person meetings. She never really made human connections, she always stayed in her secluded since. However things changed after her death.

Her sister discovered a significant cache of poems totaling upwards of 1,800 that she eventually published. This helped her to ultimately gain international notoriety and fame. She never came forward to showcase the world her poems. She took up the criticisms town up to her constructively, yet she wasn’t confident about letting the world know. Despite the rejections she followed her dreams and never gave up on writing. She is one of the most famed authors of modern times. The irony of her considering herself a failure for much of her huge is hard hitting for she has established herself through centuries.

Life lessons from Emily Dickinson’s life :

Emily Dickinson reminds us that we can contribute to the world in myriad ways. ‘Success is counted sweetest’ is one of Dickinson’s many poems on the subject of fame. This poem very much defines her life. She encountered a lot of failures and criticisms but she didn’t let these pull back her confidence. She was sure of what she was doing and kept following her dreams. Success surely pays off when you are determined and persistent.

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Did Emily Dickinson go blind?

Emily Dickinson recorded that her eye problems began in September 1863 with light sensitivity and aching of her eyes. She described how her “sight got crooked.” By February 1864, her eye problems worsened, and she went to see Dr Henry Willard Williams in Boston.

Why did Emily Dickinson only wear white?

Dickinson herself used white in her own writings to describe anything from the soul to a wedding gown. 

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