Robin Ekiss. “I Started Early – Took My Dog –” (link provided in the Content area)
Robin Ekiss, “It was not Death, for I stood up” (link provided in the Content area)
“Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886”
Poems explicated in Prose Readings [all numbers refer to the Franklin numbering system in The Poems of Emily Dickinson]
656, “I Started Early – Took My Dog –”
355, “It was not Death, for I stood up”
Poetry arranged by Thematic Clusters
Nature: 122, 123, 347, 359, 1096, and 1163
Wife: 185, 194, 225, 267, 292, 307, 330, and 857
Puritanism and God: 236, 353, 373, 1577, 1675, and 1715
Choose one Emily Dickinson poem from one of the clusters, “Nature,” “Wife,” or “Puritanism and God.” Write an explication (close reading) of the poem in a similar manner to Robin Ekiss’s explications of Poems 656 and 355. Your own explication does not need to be as long as Ekiss’s but should meet the requirements of discussion posts for this course.
Discuss how information you learned from “The World of Emily Dickinson” helps you to understand one or more poems in one of the clusters of readings. You may not write about the same poem that you wrote about for Discussion 11.
For this discussion, you are preparing to write your critical précis assignment due next week. Your task is to read the critical précis assignment and to locate an article on which to focus the assignment. Ideally, you would choose an article that you could use in the research essay assignment due in week 7. The article should come from one of the two following texts, available as ebooks through Stafford Library:
The Emily Dickinson Handbook, ed. Grabher et. al.,
You may choose any article from any of these sections in the table of contents: “Historical Context,” “The Manuscripts,” “Dickinson’s Poetics,” and “New Directions in Dickinson Scholarship.” You may also choose any of the first four articles from the section “Reception and Influence” (do not choose “Dickinson Adaptations in the Arts and Theater” or “Dickinson’s Poetry in Translation). You may not choose any article other than the ones specified
A Companion to Emily Dickinson, ed. Smith and Loeffelholz
Choose any article from any of these sections in the table of contents: Part II: “The Civil War” or Part III: “Cultural Contexts.” You may also choose any article from Part IV: “Cultural Contexts” except for chapter 14: “Auntie Gus Felled It New,” chapter 21: “A Digital Regiving,” and Chapter 22: “Editing Dickinson in an Electronic Environment.” You may not choose any article other than the ones specified here.
At the beginning of your post, cite the article in MLA format. Then, write a summary of the article that includes a paraphrase of the thesis of the article.