1) What do you think is the tone of the poem?
2) How do you think Dickinson feels about being a Nobody? Explain.
1) While reading, try to decide how Dickinson is using the word "possibilities".
1) According to the speaker, what powers does a poet have?
2) Explain the metaphors of "Poverty" and "Fortune" and how they contribute to the poem's themes.
1) How might this poem be seen as an insight into Dickinson's self-image?
2) What images does she use to describe the individual and society? How do these images affect your reaction to the poem?
Emily Dickinson biography and works: http://www.online-literature.com/dickinson/
Emily Dickinson International Society homepage: http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/edisindex.html
Dickinson Electronic Archives, includes teaching materials: http://www.iath.virginia.edu/dickinson/
Emily Dickinson collection at Bartleby.com: http://www.bartleby.com/people/DickinsoE.html
Perspective in American Literature, ED: http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap4/dickinson.html
The Emily Dickinson Homestead homepage: http://www.dickinsonhomestead.org/
A Concordance for ED (and others): http://www.concordance.com/
Mount Holyoke http://www.mtholyoke.edu/
Emily Dickinson's Black cake recipe! http://www.geocities.com/edickinson2002/blackcake.html
Steps for writing an explication de texte: http://www.complit.uiuc.edu/CLIT141/2002/EXPLICATION.html