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Text analysis “To Make a Prairie” by Emily Dickinson, Poems (1890 ) Approaching Literary Genres p. 47 Millennium.

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1 Text analysis “To Make a Prairie” by Emily Dickinson, Poems (1890 ) Approaching Literary Genres p. 47 Millennium

2 To Make a Prairie  literally  figuratively  ironically  Scientifically The last line is to be taken figuratively, as if to say that if reality is not too evident (i.e. “if bees are few”, l.5) the world of dreams can develop all its potential and its richness. The world of dreams seems to have a consistency of its own, in contrast with, or even in antithesis to, the physical world we live in. Yes, it is. In line 4 it is said that “The revery alone will do”. The reality of dreams seems more “real” than reality itself.

3 5. What do you think is the dominant mood of the poem ? Give reasons for your choice/s:  loneliness  curiosity  sadness  nostalgia  happiness The dominant mood of the poem could be loneliness: the dreaming person is alone whith his/her reveries and separated from the rest of the real world. But we may feel that also nostalgia is present, a desire for a lost reality outside the world. Others may feel that also happiness is present: we don’t need many things to live pleasant experencies: all we need is the creative power of our imagination. The internal rhyme in line 1 is ; “prairie / bee”. This sound is repeated in the following lines : “bee” (l. 2), “revery” (l.3), “The revery”(l.4).

4 7.Are these rhyming words important to the general meaning of the poem? 8.What do you think the elaborate sound pattern of the poem conveys? Give reasons for your choice/s :  Dreaminess  Monotony  Joy  Sleepiness The poem conveys dreaminess, a sense of estrangement from reality. But we may also feel joy for an imaginary life, a life created by the power of our imagination.


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