Professor of English, Emerita, North Carolina State University
National Humanities Center Fellow
About the SeminarEmily Dickinson’s poetry is among the most evocative and challenging in our literature. Ambiguity abounds; images amaze. Many a class has lingered over a single word. This seminar will explore the techniques of literary close reading and examine several Dickinson poems, including “The Railway Train,” “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” all Common Core exemplar texts.
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- Poems by Emily Dickinson
"The Railway Train,”
“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,”
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death,”
and a few select others.
Professor MacKethan has provided the attached worksheet for use with the seminar and as a tool for use in your classroom. Please complete this exercise for each of the three poems before the seminar. Our hope is that this activity will enhance your seminar experience.