Lecture Thirty One Dickinson and the Poetry of Consciousness

Scope: In Lecture 31 we acknowledge Dickinson as one of our finest observers of the natural world, a writer who translates the natural into the human realm with uncommon shrewdness. But, as Dickinson herself suggests, we construct what we see as much as we observe it. In the act of watching, we translate the world with our most imaginative vehicle: language.

Objectives— Upon completion of this lecture, you should be able to:

1. Give examples of how Dickinson uses a natural phenomenon to reflect on the interior state of the human being.

2. Summarize the various religious traditions that Dickinson draws from in her poetry.

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