Emily Dickinson Seminar

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September 23, 2013

Daguerreotype taken at Mount Holyoke Seminary in December 1847 or early 1848 of Emily Dickinson. (Wikimedia Commons)

Daguerreotype taken at Mount Holyoke Seminary in December 1847 or early 1848 of Emily Dickinson. (Wikimedia Commons)

English 178

Emily Dickinson Seminar Syllabus

Fall 2013β€”

Wednesdaysβ€”Two-Thirty to Five, Mills

Hall 318

Professor Dickinsonβ€”

E-mailβ€”edickinson!@mills.edu

 

Course Description

This is a Class β€” It is Meant

To Distill amazing sense

From ordinary Poems β€”

To Discover, the Discloser β€”

The Poet β€”

 

Required Texts

Her β€” β€œpoems” β€”

Poems β€” about β€”

Bees β€” and death β€”

And mountains β€”

But β€” mostly β€”

Death β€”

Β 

Assignments

On such a class, or such a class,

Would anybody read

If such a little figure

As me never Decreed

 

Typed weekly reading Responses,

Double-Spaced, two essays

Eight pages, and Research paper

Due during Finals days

 

Class Protocol

Ring! Ring! Please turn Off β€”

Your portable β€” Rotary β€”

Dials, Kindly do not β€”

Bring β€” your electric β€”

Tapping lap books to β€”

Class β€”

 

Please be β€” Quiet

So quiet, oh, how quiet!

With your Food β€” and β€”

Crumbs β€”

 

Name Policy

I heard a Fly buzz β€” when a student

Called another the Wrong β€”

Gender β€” pronoun β€”

The stillness in the Room

Was like the Stillness in the Air β€”

Between the Heaves of Storm β€”

As the fly β€” with uncertain stumbling

Buzz β€” flew between β€” the students

It was β€” Awkward β€”

And uncomfortable β€”

 

Academic Integrity

How dreary β€” to β€” plagiarize!

Use correct citations!

To make public, like a frog

Your sources β€”

To an admiring bog!

 

If youβ€” Β don’t tell!

They’d banish β€” you know!

As it is! grounds β€”

For expulsion!

 

Contact Information

If you have Any β€”

Questions, please leave β€” a β€”

Flower β€” on my β€” Grave

During my office β€”

Hours β€” Monday and β€”

Tuesdays β€” Eleven to β€”

Two-Fifteen

 

 


Emily Dickinson Seminar was published on September 23, 2013 in Column, Opinions

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