Day 6

Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    In "The Bat is dun, with wrinkled Wings--," what conclusion does the speaker come to about the God's abilities as a creator, based on her observation?

    First, the speaker considers the bat's odd and awkward appearance and erratic flight patterns, and wonders at its purpose and secret powers, seeming to suspect it might be evil in some way. However, after this examination and consideration, the speaker tells the reader that the bat's creator (God) should still be praised, because he is still all-good, even if he is a bit eccentric to create a strange creature like a bat.

  2. 2

    Why does the speaker suggest that she chooses love over hate in "I had...

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