Emily Dickinson

December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines MELANCHOLY as “depression of spirits dejection”

See also: Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born, lived her entire life, and died in Amherst, Massachusetts. From a young age, Emily was troubled by and consumed with the idea of death. Losses throughout her life – beginning with her cousin and close friend, Sophia, when she was 14 – piled on and Dickinson withdrew more and more from social life as the decades went on. She was known later in life as a recluse who corresponded copiously with friend and relatives both near and far – some of whom she never met in person. Her mother’s poor health meant that Emily spent much of her adult life caring for her and the homestead in which the family lived. She baked. She cultivated gardens. And she wrote. She wrote a lot. In addition to the thousands upon thousands of extravagant letters she penned to those in her life, Emily also wrote poetry, something she had long been fascinated with. She pursued a few options for publication, but mainly used her poems as gifts or shared them privately. In her lifetime, she published about a dozen poems. But, it was after her death at the age of 55, that her younger sister discovered nearly 1800 additional poems that Emily had written. The family quibbled with how to publish the poems, but were able to release some first editions in 1890, just a few years after her death. Some 50 years later, her complete works were finally assembled and Emily Dickinson became the noted poet that she is known as today.

“Because I could not stop for Death 
He kindly stopped for me
The Carriage held but just Ourselves
And Immortality…”


West Cemetery – Amherst, MA


Specific Location

From the northern entrance on Triangle St., follow the road around to the southern edge of the first section. The Dickinson family plot is surrounded by an iron fence with a large evergreen tree in it. Emily is buried in the 3rd spot from the road.




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