The Big Read is a program through National Endowment for the Arts, and this year the featured poet is Emily Dickinson. Many other organizations are partnering up throughout the fall, including the University of Arizona Poetry Center, to put together an incredible run of events. Teens may be especially interested in Logan Phillips' Slamming Emily writing and poetry slam workshops. Logan visited my classroom last year, and really connected with my students and inspired them to write some great poetry.
|Emily Dickinson at age 16|
Below, find a list of some poems which may help engage you with her work. Her poems are categorized by number and title. The poems were not originally titled, but are conventionally given a title using the first line. The capitalization and punctuation of the titles is true to the original-- Dickinson was known for her unconventional use of punctuation and capitalization. In early volumes of her work, editors changed the capitalization and punctuation to their tastes, but the poems are now treasured for these idiosyncratic details. Below the poems is a list of Emily Dickinson resources I've collected.
I will continue to revise this page as I find new resources.
Selected Poems:I measure every Grief I meet
Because I could not stop for Death
I heard a Fly buzz
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
There's a certain Slant of Light
The Soul unto itself
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--