When you enter the exhibit, it is a wide room. I felt like I was secluded from the outside world since it lacked natural lighting and windows. It gives me the feeling of how Emily lived in her house. Since it is a replica of the wallpaper from Emily’s room, the rose-covered wall also enhances this feeling.
The text on the walls provide more information about Dickinson. Even though the text was mostly background information, they create an image of her environment for the visitors.The writings helped explain her story and acted as a guidance through Emily’s life. Her manuscripts are also displayed throughout the gallery. In her poems, we can see her handwriting as well as her many dashes and line breaks. Despite living in her house for most of her life, the letters provided evidence of relationships outside of her household. Besides her poems, the exhibit displayed portraits/photos of herself and family, paintings, personal books. For example, I saw her Bible, yearbooks, and herbarium from her childhood years.
The Emily Dickinson exhibition is setup to help visitors place themselves in Dickinson’s shoes. I got a better understanding on living in that period and how she faced different events in her lifetime. At the top of walls, they titled the different sections of the exhibit. These sections act as the different stages of Emily and how she became a well-known poet in American literature. The exhibit helps us realize Emily Dickinson didn’t just sit all day in her room and write poems. She had an exposure to the outside world as well.