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4.25.24: Reading and Review Questions

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    1. Many of Dickinson’s poems are rhythmically similar to popular nineteenth-century songs. How do those similarities help us understand Dickinson’s poetry?
    2. 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?
    3. How do Dickinson’s poems support or challenge what we think we know about gender roles in the nineteenth century?
    4. Compare and contract Dickinson’s isolation with Whitman’s aggressively public persona.

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