Emily Dickinson's World

Examine What You Know

Look at the following chart. Print or copy it and complete the columns before reading.

Emotions YOU connect
to this word
Person, animal, object or
situation that the word
brings to mind
LIFE
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HOPE
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SUCCESS
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Expand Your Knowledge

Emily Dickinson's style was unique and ahead of her time. Her unusual treatment of rhymes, punctuation, and sentence structure departed from poetic traditions of her period.
Her poems are short and with intense feelings.
Her similes, metaphors and personifications are fresh and original and exhibit a sense of humor.
Most of the lines rhyme, but she breaks a few with off-rhymes, contributing to her particular style.

Enjoying Poetry

You already know how to read a poem. However, try these suggestions to increase your understanding :
  • Read a poem once for overall impressions and a second time for meaning.
  • Read the poem aloud a third time to capture the sounds.
  • Think about the meanings of metaphors and single words.
  • Determine the message and whether YOU agree with it and enjoy it.
Remember that this course is centered on what you, the reader,
feel about a certain work.



Library Collection:
Emily




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