Emily Dickinson and Poem #585

Length: 6 Pages 1524 Words

Runaway Train Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10th 1830, one year after her brother Austin and three years before her sister Lavinia, in Amherst, Massachusetts, to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson. The Dickinson children were raised in Christian tradition in a very prominent family in the quiet community of Amherst. Emily’s grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, was the founder and trustee of the Amherst College and the Amherst Academy. Edward Dickinson followed in his father’s footsteps into the position as trustee of the Amherst Institutions, as well as many other powerful positions in his lifetime: from Chief Marshall of the railroad to positions on many political organizations, such as the United States House of Representatives. Unlike her father, Emily didn’t enjoy the popularity and excitement of the public life in Amherst. Throughout her life, her mother was emotionally unattainable, and as Emily once wrote to a friend, her father was “too busy with his Briefs-t! o notice what we do.” (qtd. in American Writers, 457). She filled the absences with poetry, and so she wrote to her heart and minds content. Poem #585, untitled by Emily, but later given the name Runaway Train and I Like To See Continue...


------------------------------------------------------------------------BibliographyWorks CitedJohnson, Thomas. It was 1862 and the atmosphere was very tense due to the United States Civil War. The year Emily wrote I Like To See It Lap The Miles, she also wrote about 800 other poems. So Emily stayed secluded in her home, making only four or five trips outside of Amherst to visit relatives or to seek medical help for her continuing eye troubles. Her later life was spent mourning; Emily's father died in 1874, Bowles in 1878, Holland in 1881, her nephew Gilbert died in 1883 and Emily's mother and Charles Wadworth died in 1882. In 1848, after only one year at the college, she returned home due to homesickness, medical problems and also religious matters. In the years after college, Emily rarely left her fathers home. She stated that "Father was as usual, Chief Marshall of the day, and went marching around town with New London at his heels like some old Roman General, upon a Triumph Day. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1966. The train was causing more sorrow than happiness in her mind.