I very much enjoy Dickinson's poems. She was thinking "outside the box" before anyone had perceived of such a thing. And her poems were so pertinent, relevant to the human condition and the experience of life—an irony in that she traveled outside her home only once or twice in her life. The world was her canvas and she was able to intuitively understand the complex human condition without being a part of the mainstream—painting alluring pictures, touching on amazingly accurate perceptions: like that fact that our minds, worries and fears are so much more dangerous than the assassin hiding in our apartment. ("One need not be a chamber to be haunted")
Her imagery is intriguing, her use of literary devices is artistic and compelling. This is an author whose work I know in a limited fashion: I don't seek it out, but rather wait for it to come to me, by chance or through an eNotes-related question because I love the surprise and newness of her work. And since Ms. Dickinson wrote almost 1,800 poems, I always have something to look forward to...like waiting for a flower to open to see what beauty is hidden inside.
Emily Dickinson was an unlikely but enormously gifted poet whose work I truly admire.