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4.25.24: Reading and Review Questions
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- Many of Dickinson’s poems are rhythmically similar to popular nineteenth-century songs. How do those similarities help us understand Dickinson’s poetry?
- Death and isolation are common themes in Dickinson’s poetry, yet her poems rarely seem melancholy. What elements prevent her poems from becoming too solemn?
- How do Dickinson’s poems support or challenge what we think we know about gender roles in the nineteenth century?
- Compare and contract Dickinson’s isolation with Whitman’s aggressively public persona.