Past exam questions on Dickinson

‘The dramatic aspects of Dickinson’s poetry can both disturb and delight readers.’
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Support your answer with reference to both the themes and language found in the poetry of Emily Dickinson on your course.

‘Emily Dickinson’s original approach to poetry results in startling and thought-provoking moments in her work.’
Give your response to the poetry of Emily Dickinson in the light of this statement. Support your points with suitable reference to the poems on your course.

What impact did the poetry of Emily Dickinson make on you as a reader?
Your answer should deal with the following:

  • Your overall sense of the personality of the poet
  • The poet’s use of language / imagery

Refer to the poems by Emily Dickinson that you have studied.

‘Emily Dickinson’s vision of death and immortality is wonderfully conveyed in verse of stark grandeur and intensity.’
Discuss this view, supporting your answer by quotation from or reference to the poems of Dickinson on your course.

'Hope is the thing with feathers'
‘Hope is the thing with feathers’

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