Thursday, March 9

Facts about Emily Dickinson

Are you ready to learn some quick facts about a famous poet?

Each Thursday for the next fifty weeks I will be blogging about a famous poet. I have picked 50 poets to write quick facts about. This week’s famous poet is Emily Elizabeth Dickinson. She is one of America’s famous poets. Emily Dickinson wrote close to one thousand eight hundred (1800) poems. Only about ten of her poems were published during her lifetime. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her parents’ names are Edward and Emily Dickinson. She had two siblings, William and Lavinia. Read on to find out more about Emily Elizabeth Dickinson.


Here is a list of some poems/writings by Emily Dickinson:

  • I'm Nobody! Who are you? 
  • Hope is the thing with feathers  
  • I heard a Fly buzz—when I died  
  • The heart asks Pleasure – first
  • To Mrs, with a Rose
  • The May-Wine
  • The Sleeping
  • My Sabbath
  • Sunset


Who is your favorite poet?


Quick facts about Emily Dickinson:

1. She was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts.  

2. Emily Dickinson was 55 years old when she died. She passed away on May 15, 1866. She is buried in Amherst West Cemetery. Her grave is in the center of the cemetery and it is surrounded by an iron fence. Her tombstone reads: EMILY DICKINSON BORN DEC. 10, 1830   CALLED BACK MAY 15, 1886

3. Emily Dickinson’s most famous poem is: 

Hope is the Thing with Feathers:

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,


And sweetest in the Gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm.


I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest Sea;

Yet, never, in Extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

4. Emily Dickinson never married and she never had children.

5. Emily Dickinson’s last words and final message was, “I must go in, the fog is rising”. She was very ill and she was only able to communicate by writing notes. Bright’s disease is what is on her death certificate as cause of death, but researchers believe she actually died from severe hypertension.

6. Emily Dickinson’s favorite color is the color purple. She mentioned the color purple in her poems at least 40 or more times. So, researchers assume that purple must be her favorite color.

7. Not only was Emily Dickinson a great poet, she was also gardener. She grew many different kinds of flowering plants, climbing vines, shrubs, bushes, and bulbs. Not only could she write and garden; she was also good at playing the piano. She wrote her own music and played for family and friends.

8. She had friends and mentors but, Emily Dickinson was not very social. She preferred to be alone. She liked to communicate by writing letters. She loved to write. She wrote the most letters/poems to Susan Gilbert. Susan Gilbert was her brother’s wife. Her brother William Austin and his wife Susan lived next door to Emily Dickinson for around 30 years.

9. She only left Amherst Massachusetts about three times during her adult life. She traveled to Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and Boston, Massachusetts.  


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Books about Emily Dickinson:

1. Poetry for Kids Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

2. History for Kids: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Charles River Editors

3. Little Poet Emily Dickinson In Emily’s Garden by Kate Coombs

4. On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Berne

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"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door." — Emily Dickinson

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  1. Cool facts mimi keep up the great work i love all your post you make.

    1. Thank you very much! I love that you are learning. Never stop learning.


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