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Emily Dickinson Introduction

English 11 AP Introduction for Emily Dickinson

Bradley Rose

on 8 March 2011

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Emily Dickinson Journal: Do you find comfort in home? What about your home gives you comfort? If not, where do you find you are most comfortable? What sort of days do you find you like to be in these places of comfort? 10 sentences. In this lesson we will introduce Emily Dickinson, her life, her effect on society, and the characteristics of her poetry.

1152.05 Analyze the major influences on American literature: Transcendentalism; Romanticism; Realism.

1152.07 Refine understanding of literary terminology and apply appropriate terminology in analyzing and interpreting literature:style; slant rhyme; conceit; allegory;

1152.08 Apply knowledge of literary techniques to analyze literature and to evaluate how an author's style (e.g., diction, syntax) and use of literary devices work together to achieve the author's purpose for writing.

1152.30 Recognize the connotation of words. Introvert "I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves." •"Where thou art, that is home." The Majority of Dickinson's poems were written between 1861 and 1865 " "You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog large as myself, that my father bought me. They are better than beings because they know, but do not tell; and the noise in the pool excels my piano." The self-imposed restrictions of Dickinson’s life were more than matched by her ability to perceive the universal in the particular and the particular in the universal. These perceptions helped her create metaphors that embraced experiences far beyond the limited compass of Amherst village life. So what did Dickinson think about POETRY? "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry." "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?" "You speak of Mr. Whitman. I never read his book, but was told it was disgraceful..." Transcendentalism Realism Focus on nature and non-conformity Focus on death, grief, and stark details. or A Deed knocks first at Thought
And then — it knocks at Will —
That is the manufacturing spot
And Will at Home and well

It then goes out an Act
Or is entombed so still
That only to the ear of God
Its Doom is audible —

Liberal Capitalization use Unorthodox punctuation, using mainly dashes Often utilizes slant rhyme Typically iambic Personifies and explores abstract concepts "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 kept 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.

= Hope Metaphors are common within her poetry. What does this mean?
Many find her poetry personal because it is open and interpretable. During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson wrote 1,775 poems. We get to explore 8 of them.
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