was emily dickinson gay?

was emily dickinson gay?

“Susie, forgive me Darling, for every word I say — my heart is full of you, none other than you is in my thoughts, yet when I seek to say to you something not for the world, words fail me. If you were here — and Oh that you were, my Susie, we need not talk at all, our eyes would whisper for us, and your hand fast in mine, we would not ask for language”

This is from a letter Emily Dickinson wrote to her sister-in-law

“I have tried hard to think what you would love, of something I might send you — I at last say my little Violets, they begged me to let them go, so here they are — and with them as Instructor, a bit of knightly grass”

This is from another letter, it is important to note that both grass and violets were symbols of homosexual love

And the grande finale

Now, farewell, Susie, and Vinnie sends her love, and mother her’s, and I add a kiss, shyly, lest there is somebody there! Don’t let them see, will you Susie?

So in answer to your question; she definitely wasn’t straight