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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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Dickinson, pt 2: poem as image

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Dickinson poems

Handouts will be available in a box in front of my office door until 5pm today in case anyone missed them. I am working on getting them up on the blog, but apparently converting a jpg into a pdf is arcane alchemy to me. The poems we will be looking at are #214, 249, 258, 303, 341, 435, and 754 (according to the Johnson numbering system). Happy weekend, everyone.

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