The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Are you contemplating a poetry study featuring Emily Dickinson? Finding good primary sources to accompany the study can be a challenge—never fear, help is here! Check out this primary source set that includes manuscripts of several of Dickinson's poems and letters, an image of Emily and her siblings, a map of Amherst, and a page from a woman's magazine of the time.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the set to support a study of Dickinson during March's Women's History Month, and/or April's Poetry Month
  • Have groups compare the poetic devices Dickinson uses with those employed by a modern poet like Amanda Gorman, Warsan Shire, Amanda Nadelberg, Sally Wen Mao, or Elizabeth Alexander 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires multiple copies of contemporary women's magazines
Pros
  • The teaching guide includes discussion questions and activities
Cons
  • None