The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Rhythm and Meter

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If you're introducing rhythm and meter into your poetry lesson, consider these activities based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Focusing on "Because I could not stop for Death," kids discuss accents, breves, and how they measure the pace of the poem. Additionally, they compare a favorite song to Dickinson's poetry, and describe how the song's rhythm and meter help a listener to understand the song's meaning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Includes a homework assignment about Emily Dickinson's love of gardening, found in the attached reader's guide
  • Recommends hymns to play for your class to extend the lesson on rhythm and meter
Cons

  • You will need to locate Dickinson's poetry on your own; most of the poems are available on a link on the unit's main page