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Emily Dickinson
Poem #214
(p. 1474-5)
What is your first impression of this poem? What do you think it is about?
Poem #712
(p. 1492-3)
Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's Poetry
"The speakers in Dickinson’s poetry are sharp-sighted observers who see the inescapable limitations of their societies as well as their imagined and imaginable escapes" -- Poetry Foundation
Some goals of her poetry include "to make the abstract tangible [and] to define meaning without confining it" -- Poetry Foundation
She often writes about death, nature, and other elusive concepts.
1st Stanza
What does the speaker do in the first line? How is this action significant?
Why do you think Dickinson mentions the word "Pearl" in the second line?
What is the purpose of the last two lines of this stanza? To what are they alluding, and why is that significant?
2nd Stanza
In the first two lines, what labels does the speaker attach to him/herself? What do they mean, and how are they significant?
What does the speaker do in the last two lines of this stanza? What is the setting?
How does diction (word choice) affect this stanza?
Dickinson's Form
Common meter:
A quatrain that rhymes and alternates four-stress,
iambic tetrameter
, and three-stress iambic lines,
iambic trimeter

It is the meter of the hymn, the ballad, and many nursery rhymes.
Examples of common meter include "Amazing Grace," "Oh, Susanna," and "Yankee Doodle."

Why do you think Emily Dickinson would choose to write most of her poetry using this form?
In what specific ways does Dickinson's
compare to Whitman's? Do you have a preference? Explain.
3rd Stanza
4th Stanza
How do the events in this stanza build on the 3rd stanza?
What are the two sets of imagery described here? Identify them, and explain how this combination affects the reader.
What kind of seasonal shift does this stanza reflect?
Does this poem of Dickinson's remind you of any other writers we have read this semester? Which ones, and how so?
Did this poem change the way you think about any of the themes it covers? Which ones, and how so?
1st Stanza

What literary device does Dickinson employ to introduce death in this stanza?
How does the speaker seem to feel towards Death? Explain.
Do you think this rhyme and meter are appropriate for this subject matter? Explain.
2nd Stanza
Paraphrase the action in the 2nd stanza -- what is happening here?
Why does Death drive slowly? Why not in some other manner?
What has the speaker "put away"? For what purpose?
3rd Stanza
What happens in this stanza? Paraphrase the action.
What word is repeated throughout this stanza? How is it significant?
How do you interpret the phrase "Gazing Grain"?
4th Stanza
To whom is the pronoun
referring in the first line? So what does this first line mean?
Interpret the second line. How does the imagery work here?
Review the footnote about the last two lines. Why do you think Dickinson chose these specific types of fabric?
5th Stanza
Why does Dickinson write "paused" instead of "stopped" in the first line?
Interpret the 2nd line. What does it remind you of?
What does this house look like? Is there anything strange about it?
6th Stanza
What kind of a shift occurs in the last stanza?
Does the poem provide a sense of closure to the reader? Explain.
Can you identify a rhyme scheme in this stanza? What effect does the form of this stanza have on the reader?
Final Thoughts
How does Dickinson's vision of death in this poem compare to popular conceptions of death in our culture? Differences? Similarities?
What is the overall mood of this poem? Explain.
Course Evaluations
You'll need a #2 pencil for the scantron portion.

English 2359.252
Present today:
What two main sets of imagery are combined here? What is the effect of this combination?
What is the speaker's relationship to the bees and butterflies?
What seasonal shift is signified in this stanza?
Born and spent most of her life in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830

Read the Romantics and Transcendentalists

Became increasingly reluctant to leave her home, but wrote many letters and often hosted friends at her home.

She wrote around 1,789 poems; 11 were published during her lifetime, and about a third of her known poems were in letters to friends and relatives.

Emily Dickinson
Refused to go to church during a time of religious revival in Amherst.

Wrote prolifically during the time of the civil war.

Wrote letter correspondences regularly with dozens of people, including prominent writers and reformers.

Had a close relationship with her sister-in-law.

Deeply affected by deaths in her life, such as her father and her nephew.
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