The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: What Makes a Poet Great?

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Conclude your Emily Dickinson unit with a discussion about characteristics of great poets. Once your class reads "The Poets light but Lamps --" they can interpret the many meanings of each image, and how they relate to defining greatness in poetry. They then begin an essay about their favorite Dickinson poem, and finish it for homework.

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Pros

  • Wide-reaching discussion allows readers to evaluate poets and poetry, moving to the last step in Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Vocabulary words in the margin define the more difficult terms in the poem
Cons

  • Writing assignment is vague; consider rewriting the prompt to make the instructions more specific and easier to follow
  • Poems aren't available in the resource, but most can be found on a link on the unit's main page