After exploring the exhibition on Emily Dickinson’s life at the Morgan Library, I was astounded by the effort placed to recreate what could have been Dickinson’s bedroom, as a platform for the pieces presented. I vividly recall the room being arranged in a chronological order. This provided a smooth transition between important moments in her life, allowing us to easily pinpoint her growth through the years. I admit, the room was dimmer than usual and the colors of the wall gave off a soft, gloomy feeling. This gave it a very isolated yet home-like feeling. I believe the setup of the exhibition presented the isolated and anti-social aspect that was often perceived by Dickinson. Yet, once exposed to her writings, as well as her relationships with others, it would highlight the value of her relationships, and show Dickinson’s true colors, which only few people ever got to meet.
Throughout most of the exhibition there was a large focus on Dickinson’s poetry, and a constant emphasis on the progress of her writings. Dickenson, as the tour guide mentioned, wrote 1,789 pieces, while only 12 were published. It surprised me that 7 of those pieces were done without consent and were rather fixed before they were published. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to write when her own mentor, Higginson, was not completely supportive, and as the tour guide mentioned, was one of the reasons she had refrained from publishing.
Overall, the exhibition provides first hand insight on Dickinson’s life through her written work and relationships while recreating a similar environment where she invested most of her time in. It was a very interesting and warming experience to experience a gist of her life and learn of the the value in each of her pieces as a woman poet.