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Emily Dickinson is the epitome of the modern poet. Her poetry rests out of the standard design with dashes to separate thoughts. Dickinson, also, challenged the spiritual view of her period. Growing up as a Puritan at Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson knew the bible, however as an adult, she challenged that belief. Many of her poems seem concentrated on passing; death of the body, death of the soul, passing of the brain. Why was she so fascinated with passing? The poems that embody this theme are: "Success is counted sweetest" (#112), "Safe at the Alabaster Chambers" (#124), "I like a look of Agony" (#339), "I felt a funeral in my brain" (#340), "Since I couldn't stop for death" (#479), and "I heard a Fly buzz-when I died" (#591). These poems seem to imply that she struggled with the notion of mortality and life span. To understand Dickinson's obsession about passing one must consider her background. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily has been the youngest at a prominent family. Her father was a widely respected lawyer and later served as a state senator. Dickinson's mother, on the other hand, has been regarded as a spiritual woman who had a remote relationship with Emily. One source indicates that Emily's mother suffered from depression. Contemplating that melancholy can be hereditary, this could explain Emily's behavior as an adult. After spending a brief moment at Amherst Academy, she returned home where she remained until her death. It is indicated that she lived her entire life as a recluse but that concept is problematic. Dickinson had many love interest such as Benjamin Newton, Samuel Bowles, Reverend Charles Wadsworth, and it's implied that she had a love interest in Susan Gilbert Dickinson. While she had several men in her lifetime, Emily and.