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Dickinson’s Poetry

Emily Dickinson


Study Questions & Essay Topics


1. What two images does Dickinson use to symbolize “success” in “Success is counted sweetest”?

2. What does the poet describe as “the Door ajar” in “I cannot live with you”?

3. Who is entombed near the speaker of “I died for Beauty”?

4. Which of the following poets was Dickinson’s close friend and mentor in Amherst?

5. In “Because I could not stop for Death,” what does the speaker pass by during her carriage-ride with Death?

6. Which of the following does the bird not do in “A bird came down the walk”?

7. What is “all we know of heaven / And all we need of hell”?

8. What can the brain absorb, according to one Dickinson lyric?

9. In “I heard a Fly buzz,” what cuts the speaker off from the light?

10. Where did Dickinson die?

11. How many poems were discovered among Dickinson’s belongings after she died?

12. What animal is “public” in “I’m Nobody”?

13. What does the speaker feel when she sees the snake in “A narrow Fellow”?

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The Brain is than the Sky' Dickinson crossword

by crosswords1, September 28, 2013

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Hope poem analysis

by Nerradnahc, February 21, 2014

What is hope? Hope is what gives someone the feeling that they still can succeed even when everything is against them. It gives someone the will to go on even when there is only a small chance. In the poem “Hope” the poet Emily Dickinson describes hope as an never ending greatness that “perches in the soul”, it’s inside you and keeps you warm. Hope can not be put down easily and never ask for anything even in tough times. In this poem, Emily Dickinson describes hope as a lively, confident bird that go against chillest land and stra... Read more


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Biblical Allusion

by 14elusky, April 13, 2014

I think it's possible that this poem has a biblical allusion when it refers to the bird. Dickinson was raised in the transcendentalist era, and there was a lot of criticism oriented around the bible. The allusion could be that Jesus was said to give bread to people of poverty. He then told them not to eat the bread without giving the crumbs to the bird. I think this relates to the poem because man and nature was seen as one, while now they are considered to be vastly divided.

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