Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830–86) wrote almost 1,800 poems but during her lifetime published only a few of them, remaining mostly secluded in her family home in Amherst, Massachusetts, and little known to the public. Through her family's and friends' efforts after her death, her work became widely read and celebrated, and today she is considered one of the most prominent nineteenth-century American poets. "A word is dead" was first published in 1894.