The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Poetry and Ideas

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Delve deep into Emily Dickinson's poetry and philosophy with the ninth of ten lessons in a poetry unit. Once they have read an (attached) essay about Dickinson's beliefs and worldview, readers discuss how her ideas inform their interpretations of "This World is not conclusion" and "I know that He exists." Next, they write an essay about how one's own faith or lack thereof could aid an understanding of Dickinson's work. For homework, they complete a rough draft of their one-page essay.

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  • Prompts learners to really think about their own worldview, as well as Dickinson's
  • Pair the lesson with another reading on faith or religion

  • You will need to locate the poetry on your own, but most of the works are available on the main page of the unit