Dickinson’s Poetry

Add the following definitions to the list of poetry terms you started with Whitman (from previous post):

Exact Rhyme: When two or more words have an identical sound: bee / free or fixture / mixture

Slant Rhyme:  When two or more words have a close but NOT EXACT rhyme sound: society / majority or nerve / love

Paradox: Statement that seems to be contradictory (usually has embedded irony & alludes to the tone of the poem): “parting is such sweet sorrow”

We discussed these terms and analyzed the following poems in your text:

  • “Because I could not stop for Death”
  • “I Heard a Fly Buzz — when I died”
  • “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”