Questioning this tradition soon after leaving Mount Holyoke, Dickinson was to be the only member of her family who did not experience conversion or join Amherst’s First Congregational Church.
She also made clean copies of her poems on fine stationery and then sewed small bundles of these sheets together, creating 40 booklets, perhaps for posthumous publication.
Only 10 of Emily Dickinson’s nearly 1,800 poems are known to have been published in her lifetime.
A class in botany inspired her to assemble an herbarium containing a large number of pressed plants identified by their Latin names.
She was fond of her teachers, but when she left home to attend Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (now Mount Holyoke College) in nearby South Hadley, she found the school’s institutional tone uncongenial.
lyric poet who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision.
With Walt Whitman, Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the two leading 19th-century American poets.
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Mount Holyoke’s strict rules and invasive religious practices, along with her own homesickness and growing rebelliousness, help explain why she did not return for a second year.
At home as well as at school and church, the religious faith that ruled the poet’s early years was evangelical Calvinism, a faith centred on the belief that humans are born totally depraved and can be saved only if they undergo a life-altering conversion in which they accept the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ.