Emily Dickinson is known for her use of dashes, for her emphasis on punctuation, for the weight she gives a comma, the intensity of a semicolon. Meaning is often determined by the punctuation marks that divide words from one another, that break up chunks of letters into sentences that contain specific ideas. Move a comma or a period–and the entire meaning shifts or is lost completely.
Punctuation completely alters the sentence above.
It may seem like these marks are such tiny little things–but they are what allow the reader to decipher your meaning at all!