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3. Utopian Promise   



3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Emily Dickinson - Teaching Tips

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  • Have your students sing one of Dickinson's poems to the tune of a favorite ballad or hymn. For example, "I could not stop for death" works nicely with the tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas," "Amazing Grace," or even Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane." Why does Dickinson use these forms? How does she change or challenge them?

  • Focus on the "slant" (indirection and ambiguity) as the ruling trope of Dickinson's poetry.



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