Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems99QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW ANDWRITING1.Why is a good general knowledge of Emily Dickinson’s life usefulfor interpreting her poems?2.How can knowledge of Emily Dickinson’s life be misused ininterpreting her poems?3.Compare and contrast “We play at Paste” (320) and “EssentialOils—are wrung” (675).4.Discuss the use of abstractions as vivid metaphors in I dwell inPossibility” (657).5.Compare and contrast the use of animals as symbols in Dickinson’slove poems.6.Discuss the relationship between deprivation and fulfillment inDickinson’s love poems.7.Compare and contrast Dickinson’s joyful and melancholy responsesto nature.8.Discuss the use of metaphors in Dickinson’s nature scenes.9.Discuss Dickinson’s various tones, from ecstatic to anguished, inshowing how rebirth can come from suffering.10.Discuss the figure of the speaker as a little girl in Dickinson’s poems.11.Offer detailed arguments for the varying interpretations of “Because Icould not stop for Death” (712).12.Compare and contrast the changes of mood dramatized in “Thisworld is not Conclusion” (501) and I know that He exists” (338).13.Discuss the figure of death as a lover in Dickinson’s poems.14.Compare and contrast Dickinson’s first-person and third-person deathscenes.15.Discuss in detail your reasons for disagreeing with any wholeinterpretation of a poem made in these Notes.
Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems100SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYANDERSON, CHARLES R. Emily Dickinson’s Poetry: Stairwayof Surprise.New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1960.Careful analysis of over one hundred poems.BLAKE, CAESAR R. AND CARLTON F. WELLS, EDS. TheRecognition of Emily Dickinson: Selected Criticism Since1890.Ann Arbor:University of Michigan Press, 1964.Collection of critical reviews, essays, and excerpts frombooks, arranged chronologically. Especially valuable for earlycritical views of Dickinson.CHASE, RICHARD. Emily Dickinson.New York: WilliamSloane Associates, 1951. Competent critical biography basedon pre-Johnson texts. Very qualified admiration for poems.CODY, JOHN. After Great Pain: The Inner Life of EmilyDickinson.Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1971.Highly speculative psychoanalytic study interrelating life andpoems.DAVIS, THOMAS F., ED. 14 By Dickinson.Chicago: Scott,Foresman, 1964. Collection of explications of fourteen wellknown poems.GELPI, ALBERT J. Emily Dickinson: The Mind of the Poet.Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1965. Excellentstudy of Dickinson’s major ideas, their sources, andinterrelations.GRIFFITH, CLARK. The Long Shadow: Emily Dickinson’sTragic Poetry.Princeton University Press, 1964. Largelypsychological treatment of Dickinson’s most anguished poemsas her greatest accomplishment. Exaggerates her skepticism.