Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, an American poet, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830 to a prominent family. She lived a reclusive life, choosing to spend most of her time in her bedroom reading and writing poetry. Publishers often edited her poems because they did not fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. They usually lacked titles, had short lines, and oftentimes unconventional capitalization and punctuation. She wrote nearly 1800 poems in her lifetime, most of which were not published until after her death on May 15, 1886.
There is no frigate like a book,
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
Poetry for Young People, Emily Dickinson, with an introduction that describes and explains Emily Dickinson’s odd lifestyle and creative productivity and poems prettily illustrated with watercolors.
The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires, a sweet introduction to Emily Dickinson and her poetry.
Emily Dickinson’s Letters to the World by Jeanette Winter, the story of 1,775 poems that were found by Emily’s sister after her death.
Emily, written by Michael Bedard and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, about a young girl who lives across the street from the reclusive Emily Dickinson and gets her chance to meet the poet when her mother is invited to play the piano for Emily.
My Uncle Emily by Jane Yolen, a beautifully illustrated heartwarming account of the bond poet Emily Dickinson had with her nephew, Thomas Gilbert (Gib) Dickinson.
Emily and Carlo by Marty Rhodes is a picture book about Emily Dickinson, focusing on her relationship with her dog, Carlo, a large, floppy, drooly Newfoundland.
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Where in the US is Massachusetts? Shutterfold
Massachusetts State Symbol Tab Book
State Flower and Bird Coloring Pages
State Flower and Bird Minit Book
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Emily Dickinson Museum where you’ll find pictures of her childhood home, and oodles of her poems.
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or use your favorite recipe to make Massachusetts’ State Cookie – the Chocolate Chip Cookie!