VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

Emily Dickinson

1830-1886

Dickinson spent most of her strange life in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she had been born. Her father was a lawyer who served in the United States House of Representatives. she seems to have been gregarious when young but became reclusive as time passed. Of her many poems - upwards of 1,800 - only eight or so were published in her lifetime. Since she was such a great and eloquent poet, people have naturally been curious about her, but biographical speculations have encountered many barriers, and the poetry itself continues to present inconsistencies, enigmas, anomalies, and opacities. Whatever the truth about her life, she remains a poet of unmatched strength and vitality. The primitive simplicity of some of her stanzas is balanced by the audacious complexity of syntax and rhythm, along with eccentric rhymes.