Dickinson, pt 3: ask yourself

•Who is speaking?
•Who is being addressed?
•Are there commands? In “The soul selects”: “Present no more” (line 4).
•What are the nouns?
•How is the poem organized? How does it begin, proceed, and end?
•Is the poem symmetrical in its images? In other words, how does the end match up with the beginning? “Shadows” call back to “certain Slant of light.”
•What do you find ambiguous, jarring, or paradoxical?
•Is there rhyme? Slant rhyme?
•Anaphora? Alliteration?
•Simile? (There’s always metaphor.)

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