she lived with her family in a house on North Pleasant Street, after which they returned to the Homestead. She never married, and she lived in comfortable dependence on her well-to-do father and his estate, though she did more than her share of household chores while creating a large body of poems and letters. Emily Dickinson's life revolved around her association, her poetry, and her household duties. She remained a true daughter and sister, and in her own terms, she was a true friend to several to whom she related mainly through letters. Her later reclusiveness may have approached a certain pathological state, as evidenced by her turning friends away and occasionally conversing and listening to music through little opened doors. But Dickinson continually insisted that she did not suffer from her isolation and that she felt deeply fulfilled and in intimate contact with the world. Her correspondence with Higginson probably convinced her that her poems would find no significant or sympathetic audience during her lifetime, for though she protested to Higginson that she did not want publication, it is apparent that she wanted to make her relatives proud of her work after she died, and her combination of pride and acceptance most likely stemmed from her alertness of her great gift and her frustration that so many people were as mystified by her poems as by her talk. Many of the poems give powerful testimony that she longed for an audience. As luck would have it, her poems survived. But their fight for enough publication, understanding, and recognition almost parallels her inner life in its difficulty.For further information:
Content will be erased after question is completed.