Emily Dickinson Poetry Analysis | 3 Poems

Chomping at the Lit
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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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In this Emily Dickinson poetry study, students will analyze three poems as well as a short biography of Emily Dickinson; then they will compare and contrast the author's techniques and poetic devices used in each poem.

Emily Dickinson is one of America’s greatest poets of all time, writing during the Romantic Era of American Literature. Have your students analyze how Dickinson takes an abstract feeling or idea in her poetry and correlates it to something physical.

The literary analysis questions in this lesson are in reference to the following 3 poems:

  • It’s All I Have to Bring Today
  • Hope is the Thing with Feathers
  • Because I could not stop for Death

Students will write a constructed response using textual evidence to compare and contrast two of the three poems.

Literary and Poetic Devices covered:

  • personification
  • alliteration
  • theme
  • mood
  • tone
  • imagery
  • symbolism
  • language
  • style
  • repetition
  • irony
  • metaphor
  • extended metaphor
  • consonance

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Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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