Emily Dickinson (part 2)

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A. Listen to the poem and read it.

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –

This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul!

B. Answer the questions.

  1. What is the poem about?
  2. What is the main idea of the poem?
  3. What means of transportation can you find in the poem?
  4. The words you have found have connotations (literal definitions) and connotations (additional meanings that arouse emotions and associations). What connotations do the words have in comparison with "ship", "horses" and "carriage"?
  5. What means of transportation is reading poetry compared to? What is reading prose (a book) compared to? Why?
  6. What figurative language is used in the poem?
  7. Find an example of alliteration. What effect do the sounds create?

C. Learn the poem by heart.

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D. Listen to the poem and read it.

Apparently with no surprise
To any happy flower,
The frost beheads it at its play
In accidental power.

The blond assassin passes on,
The sun proceeds unmoved
To measure off another day
For an approving God.

E. Answer the questions.

  1. Who is the "assassin"? Who does it kill?
  2. Why does the assassin kill him?
  3. What is the victim's attitude to the murder?
  4. What makes the horror of the killing even worse?
  5. How is the word combination "blond assassin" ironical?
  6. What ideas about Nature and God does the poet express in the poem?
  7. What figurative language can be found in the poem?

F. Listen to the poems and read them.

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An awful Tempest mashed the air —
The clouds were gaunt, and few —
A Black — as of a Spectre's Cloak
Hid Heaven and Earth from view.

The creatures chuckled on the Roofs —
And whistled in the air —
And shook their fists —
And gnashed their teeth —
And swung their frenzied hair.

The morning lit — the Birds arose —
The Monster's faded eyes
Turned slowly to his native coast —
And peace — was Paradise!

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There came a Wind like a Bugle —
It quivered through the Grass
And a Green Chill upon the Heat
So ominous did pass
We barred the Windows and the Doors
As from an Emerald Ghost —
The Doom's electric Moccasin
That very instant passed —
On a strange Mob of panting Trees
And Fences fled away
And Rivers where the Houses ran
Those looked that lived — that Day —
The Bell within the steeple wild
The flying tidings told —
How much can come
And much can go,
And yet abide the World!

G. Answer the questions.

  1. What do the poems have in common?
  2. What happens in each of the poems? Describe in your own words.
  3. Which poem contains suspense (expectation of what is going to happen)?
  4. What imagery does the poet use in each of the poems? What senses does it appeal to?
  5. What unusual word combinations can you find? Which of them are difficult to understand?
  6. What figures of speech does the poet use?
  7. What conclusion does the poet make at the end of each poem? How are they different?