I’ve just realised that during all these years of teaching I’ve actually taught Emily Dickinson very few times in spite of her being the poetess who introduced me to the world of poetry when I was your age, who made me love the power of words so much and who’s still among my favourite writers ever. This year is somehow emotionally different for me and I feel you may understand and love her and some of you may even decide to read some more of her poems.
We’ve dealt with outstanding female literary figures and writers during these years and also read some inspiring poems. I do not believe that young people aren’t into poetry any longer because if they listen to music (and rap or any other musical genre) poetry is the essence of food for the soul. In these day of sorrow I’ve turned to poetry myself and therefore, after reading in class the two poems by Oscar Wilde I’ve chosen to continue with Emily Dickinson.
Here’s an INTERACTIVE IMAGE with movies and audios about this American Artist who broke the boundaries between POETRY and PROSE and whose language is incredibly powerful and precise, like few others. Hope you’ll enjoy this lesson.