Emily Dickinson, a 19th Century American poet wrote poems about a multitude of topics and objects, and one of her favorite objects was flowers. She was a student of botany and was more famous in her hometown of Amherst, MA.as a gardener than a poet. Emily used flowers to describe the abundant beauty of nature and to explore a range of human emotions. The poem above is one of the poet’s most famous poems the poems below illustrate her skillful use of flowers as metaphors.
I plan to attend the Emily Dickinson International Society’s annual meeting in Amherst next summer – and look forward to visiting the house where the poet grew up and her garden which is tended to this day.