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American Classics: Emily Dickinson

This is a seminar-long introduction to Emily Dickinson, grandparent of American poetry and one of the most distinctive voices in poetics. We will look at her work, her biography, her identifying characteristics, and consider some assignments by practicing poetry together- a disciplined marveling. Dickinson compels us to follow her into the dark after her. This seminar is appropriate for dialectic and rhetoric in particular, but would offer guidance to the grammar school teacher too.