As I considered the poet I had chosen for this week, I felt trepidation. I know that in part it is because Emily Dickinson has been a cursory poet for me. I have read her work. I have taught her work. But, there are unknowns about Emily Dickinson--that unlike Robert Frost--make her somewhat unapproachable. Emily Dickinson remains one of America's most prolific poets and yet there is vast speculation about who she was as a person and a poet. I found reassurance during my research that I am not alone in my concerns when delving into the work--and therefore, the life--of Emily Dickinson. Based on my reading, I came to the following conclusions.