Only a couplet expressed in iambic pentameter, the most common meter, but, oh, so powerful. This was Dickinson’s gift. A shy woman, she rarely left her house, and later in life, she rarely left her room, observing life through the lace curtains at her window. Perhaps that is the reason she took to wearing white, thinking she would blend in, but guests and passers-by would know she was there from the flutter of the curtain. Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusett. Read her poetry during Women’s History Month.