Course Description

ONLINE: We will read and discuss one of American’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson. At the first meeting, we will look at Dickinson’s life in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her poetic form, talk about the metaphysical characteristics of her poetry, define irony and paradox, and begin discussing some of her poems. The course will be text-focused, with emphasis first on understanding individual poems and second on seeing both thematic patterns and contradictions in Dickinson's work. Each week we will have an assignment of eight to 10 poems with a specific theme, such as God and/or Jesus, loss/pain, psychological studies, nature, love, independence, growth of the soul, the importance of local and small, and poetry itself. Each week, with instructor and class member selections, we will read aloud, discuss and analyze as many poems as time allows. We would like for our class members to engage with the poems, and enjoy and understand the poetry. | Facilitated discussion.

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Section Title
Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems
Online - Zoom
3:30PM to 5:00PM
Sep 15, 2022 to Nov 17, 2022
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Required reading:
Emily Dickinson, "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson" (9780316184137)

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