Emily Dickinson lived in an era of Naturalism and Realism (1855-1910). She lived in a period of The Civil War and the Frontier. She was affected by her life and the era she lived in. She also had many deaths in her family and thatís part of the reason that she was very morbid and wrote about death.
Emily Dickinson grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts in the nineteenth century. As a child
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was influenced by the writings of American author Ralph Waldo Emerson. Some people may think Emily Dickinson was a morbid person, but indeed she was only writing about what was going on in her personal life, and what was going on in society at those times.
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