Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties. She lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. Fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during Dickinson's lifetime.
The work that was published during Dickinson's lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.