Emily Dickinson's World

This Is My Letter To The World

This is my letter to the world
That never wrote to Me-
The simplest News that Nature told-
With tender Majesty.

Her Message is committed
To Hands I cannot see-
For love of Her - Sweet - countrymen-
Judge tenderly - of Me.

    What is your impression of the speaker in this poem?.....

"Hope" Is the Thing with Feathers

"Hope" is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
And sings the tune without the words-
And never stops -at all-

And sweetest -in the Gale- is heard-
And sore must be the storm-
That could abash the little Bird
That keep so many warm-

I've heard it in the chillest land-
And on the strangest Sea-
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb -of Me.

    What images come to mind in reading the poem?.....

Did you know that in English
each line in a poem begins in capital letters?

Success Is Counted Sweetest

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated -dying-
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

    What do you think of the first two lines of the poem?.....

Final Analysis

Compare your responses to the chart to what Emily Dickinson has to say about those issues.

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