Emily Dickinson was born when?
Like many authors, Dickinson was not known until when?
after her death
When did Emily Dickinson die?
Emily D. was reclusive and quiet? True/False
During her lifetime, how many poems of Emily Dickinson were published?
Emily wad educated where?
Dickinson: Was Amherst Academy an all girls school?
Emily Dickinson entered _____ Holyoke Female Seminary
Dickinson: The founder, __________ ranked student on the basis of who would receive ______ grace, this who had some hope, and those who had no hope at all.
She placed Emily in the ______ category.
Dickinson: Not having “conventional” religious views may have also contributed to Emily’s ____________.
Dickinson: She refused to sign an oath to dedicate her _______ to Jesus Christ.
Dickinson: Did Emily drop out of school? True/False
Dickinson: She cleared had a believe in _____ and ________, but it was different than the views held by her peers.
God and heaven
Dickinson: Emily probably wanted to have her poems published, but on her own terms, and it seems that publishers were unwilling to take a ______ with them – they were very __________ at the time.
Dickinson: It seems that Emily invented her own ______ for her poems.
Dickinson: They have sing-song quality and are similar, in many ways, to the old _______ of church (called hymnbook meter)
Dickinson: She uses strategic placement of the ____ to emphasize points.
Dickinson: Ballad Stanza: ABCB _____ Scheme
Dickinson: Uses meaningful and ________ capitalization
Dickinson: Makes use ______ rhyme-these rhymes aren’t quite.
rhymes. They come close, but alas, no cigar. The words “dear” and “door” form a slant rhyme. The words are similar, but they aren’t close to make a full rhyme.
Dickinson: Also uses precise dictation – careful _____ choice, accurately states her pints in as few words as possible but does employ figurative language as well.
Dickinson: Style is both ___ and controlled.
Dickinson: Uses a first person _________
Dickinson: With a publisher, Emily kept on writing her _________ privately.
Dickinson: Common themes: death _________, success, faith, grief
Dickinson: When Emily died, her sister, Lavinia, was in charge of Emily’s _________
Dickinson: A first, Lavinia went through boxes and dressers and found about _________ poems.
Dickinson: Eventually, the total poems found after Emily’s death swelled over _________poems.
Dickinson: Not all of them were published until _________, nearly 70 years after her death.
Dickinson: Emily Dickinson is now considered on of the greatest ________ _________.
Dickinson: Moreover, she is America’s first major female poet and one of the first major ___ writers of all of Western literature.
Walt Whitman – almost single handedly invented free _____, the ______ of no rhythm and rhyme that had dominated the last century.
Walt W. was born in _________.
was born halfway between the American Revolution and the _________ _________.
American Civil War
By_________, when Whitman published his first edition of poetry, American had changed dramatically.
Whitman is the first poet that seemed to speak for all of the new United _________.
Whitman believed individuals were _________ celebrating.
What fascinated Whitman?
Whitman saw America as the greatest _________, that ever was, and it was great because it was a “_________” of skilled, hard-working people from everywhere in the world.
Before becoming a poet, Whitman held a variety of _________ and lived a kind of vagabond life.
Whitman was _________ _________ as a child and started having odd jobs as a teen and young man.
Whitman’s poetry was _________
different, very different
Whitman saw poetry as organic-growing naturally like _________ and other plants grow.
Whitman invited what is now called _______ _________ poetry.
that has no regular _________ or _________.
Whitman: Most people who saw his poetry found it too _________, and many would not even consider it poetry.
Whitman’s first book of poems was entitled “_________ of Grass” (1855)
Whitman paid for it entirely by himself because, like Dickinson’s poems, _________ thought they were too do to take a costly chance on.
Whitman published it himself and sent a copy to _________ _________ _________.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whitman: Emerson was entranced by the poems and _________ with a five page reply.
Whitman: It became the most famous piece of _________ sponsorship in American history.
Emerson’s _________ then caused others to rethink and revisit Whitman’s poems.
Free verse is Whitman’s expression of the democratic concepts of a vast _________ America.
Whitman: “What we call poems.” he wrote, “are merely _________.”
Whitman:The “real poems,” he insisted, “are the men and women in all the _________ of human experience.”
Whitman: Modern man is full of _________ that need to be explored.
How many times did Whitman republish Leaves of Grass?
In many ways, as Whitman puts it, “The US themselves are essentially the greatest _________.”
Whitman: The volumes are a tribute to the country and to its people, especially the common working _________.
Whitman was a great admirer of _________.
Whitman: Lincoln’s death evoked a strong response in Whitman who wrote several poems about __________ _________.
Whitman: “O Captain, My Captain” is perhaps the best _______
Whitman: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” is also a well-known Lincoln________.
Common Whitman Themes: Brotherhood of ____, Reconciliation of divided forces (North/South), _______ and its effects on humankind, Unifying power of _____.