The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Analyzing a Poem’s Context

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Show your learners that a poem's context is important when trying to understand its meaning. First, they discuss "Now I knew I lost her--" and the literal references within the poem, as well as the symbolic references. They then read "Wild nights -- Wild nights!" and "You left me -- Sire -- two Legacies" and write about the subjects and speakers of each poem. Finally, they read an essay about Dickinson's life, as well as three additional poems for the next lesson plan.

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  • Intriguing discussion points and writing assignment
  • A great lesson on its own, or within the context of the unit
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  • Poems are not included in the resource, but can be found on a link on the unit's main page