Was Emily Dickinson a Hyperdemophobic?

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Emily Dickinson was a recluse.  After her schooling, she chose to stay in her family house in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She would receive visitors on occasion, but only rarely.  One must wonder why Dickinson would disassociate herself from the world by her own choosing.  Was she trying to preserve her innocence?  Did she simply wish to live a secluded life of meditation dedicated to writing poetry?  Or is it even possible, she was hyperdemophobic—fearing other human beings and the pain they could bring?  Whatever the case, her poetry still appeals to us today, with poems such as “Because I could not stop for Death” and “Victory comes late.”    

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