Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American poet who lived a mostly introverted, secluded life, maintaining friendships through written letters. In this poem, the poet discusses “the dark” something unknown and ever-present. As you read, take notes on the meaning of “darkness” throughout the poem. This poem is for grade 11 readers. We Grow Accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson is in the public domain.