Emily Dickinson is an American poet who wrote about life, love, nature and time and eternity. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. Except for a short time at Mont Holyoke Seminary, she lived with her parents and younger sister for most of her life. Her brother and his wife lived next door.
Her father was a state legislator and Dickinson met many people because of his position and her family’s prominence in the social community. The poet spent most of her adult life never leaving the house, rarely even coming out of her bedroom for several years.
“Dickinson’s poetry was heavily influenced by the Metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England, as well as her reading of the Book of Revelation and her upbringing in a Puritan New England town, which encouraged a Calvinist, orthodox, and conservative approach to Christianity.” (poets.org)
Her younger sister, Lavinia, found thousands of poems in the writer desk after her death in 1886. Those poems were first published in 1890.
IF I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.