Dealing with Grief: A Comparison of Point of View and Tone

Good grief? Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Grief" and Emily Dickinson's "After great pain, a formal feeling comes" are the focus of a series of close reading activities that ask groups to compare the point of view and tone of these two poems on the same subject. Groups highlight examples of literary devices and figurative language in the two poems and discuss how the poets use these elements to develop the tone of their poems.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • All required materials are included in the packet
  • The activities could serve as a practice for either the AP literature or AP language exams
Cons

  • Due to the emotional nature of this topic, carefully consider the experiences of class members before beginning these lessons
  • Consider adding a brief, whole-class discussion or journal response to the first reading of the poems before modeling the color coding process
  • After completing the included worksheet, consider asking readers to use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two poems