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1. Reading a Poem.
2. Listening to a Voice.
Literal Meaning: What a Poem Says First.
4. Saying and Suggesting.
6. Figures of Speech.
Why Speak Figuratively?
Singing and Saying.
Sound as Meaning.
Stresses and Pauses.
10. Closed Form.
11. Open Form.
13. Myth and Narrative.
14. Poetry and Personal Identity.
Is Poetic Translation Possible?
16. Recognizing Excellence.
17. What is Poetry?
18. Two Critical Casebooks: Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes.
Success is counted sweetest.
* Water, is taught by thirst.
* I taste a liquor never brewed.
Wild Nights - Wild Nights!
I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain.
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
The Soul selects her own Society.
After great pain, a formal feeling comes.
This is my letter to the World.
I heard a Fly buzz when I died.
I started Early Took my Dog.
Because I could not stop for Death.
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church.
The bustle in a House.
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant.
Emily Dickinson on Emily Dickinson.
* Photos of Emily Dickinson's Room in Amherst, Massachusetts.
* Facsimile of Manuscript to “Some keep the Sabbath going to Church.”
19. Poems For Further Reading.
20. Lives of the Poets.
21. Writing About Literature.
Discovering and Planning.
Drafting and Revising.
The Form of Your Finished Paper.
Using Spell-Check Programs.
22. Writing About a Poem.
23. Critical Approaches to Literature.
Index of Major Themes.
Index of First Lines of Poetry.
Index of Authors and Titles.
Index of Literary Terms.