The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Allusion

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Consider the biblical allusions in Emily Dickinson's poetry with the seventh of ten lessons in a language arts unit. Learners read "A little East of Jordan" and "Come slowly - Eden!" and discuss the allusions to the original Old Testament versions. Then, they interpret Dickinson's portrayal of Eden and how it differs from the biblical version.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • A good way to discuss the concept of allusion, whether in the context of the entire unit or as a stand-alone lesson

  • Poems are not available in the resource, but you can find them through a link on the unit's main page