I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
As a child Emily seemed in total contentment and caused little problem to the family. The principal of Emily's school noted she was very bright and an excellent student. Even though it was quite obvious she enjoyed her own company, she seemed to like school and was fond of the other girls.
At eighteen, she met a young attorney through her parents, and although it is felt no romance occurred between them, the young man had a positive influence over Emily. She will always refer to him as her tutor.
Emily is closest to her sister-in-law, Susan, and will, in total, write her over three hundred letters. Susan is a huge supporter of Emily's chosen life of poetry writing.
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.
Nor had I time to love; but since
Some industry must be,
The little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me
In the late 1850s, Emily withdrew from the outside world. This is when she carefully organized and pieced together her works of poetry, almost eight hundred poems.
The first half of the 1860s turned out to be her most productive period of writing.
It's said she loves children, although she will never marry or have children of her own.