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Emily Dickinson was a famous 19th century American poet. However, none of her poems were published until she was no longer alive. She spent most of her time alone in her room, writing. She started writing poetry as a teenager, and continued writing until she had written over 1700 poems. The form of poetry she most often used was iambic: the first line has eight syllables, the second line had six, the third had eight, the fourth had six. The second and fourth rhymed.

Some of her poems begin:

  • Because I could not stop for Death
  • If tolling bell I ask the cause (See also... ask not for whom the bell tolls)
  • I lost a world the other day
  • March is the month of expectation
  • While I was fearing it, it came
  • The bee is not afraid of me


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