Why Famous: She is known for her unique form of poems.
Biography: Although largely unpublished during her own lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is now considered a major American poet.
Her life of seclusion on a New England farm has been recreated by the detailed study of her letters. Tradgedy in Emily's family and in the lives of her correspondants were the influence for themes of death and immortality that reoccur throughout her poetry.
Her unconventional uses of punctuation and meter was too alienating for the publishers of her time, resulting in the few of her poems that did make into print being heavily edited to fit conventional tastes in rhyme and structure. However with the advent of the literary movement modernism in the early 20th century, this aspect of her writing was celebrated as truly innovative. (OnThisDay.com)