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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American private poet; fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Peter Doherty is known to be a fan of Dickinson's work, reading her poems from an early age.
At the Flophouse, a song written and performed by Dot Allison and Peter Doherty includes the lines "I took one draught of life/paid only the market price" from a poem by Emily Dickinson.