Poetry Assignment (Dickinson & Whitman) Name #
Choose one of the assignments below:
1. Emily Dickinson spent most of her adult life confined to her house.
Some people say she was agoraphobic (had a fear of open spaces or
going outside). Her poems had short lines with off rhymes and figures of
speech. She also used dashes for mush of her punctuation.
Imagine you are afraid to leave your house and have not gone
outside at all for one month or more. Imitating Emily Dickinson’s style
of poetry, write a poem that describes your feelings – isolated, content,
afraid, secure, etc.
Your Poem must include these five things:
1. A title that is done like the titles of Dickinson’s poems
2. Eight short lines using dashes where appropriate (like Dickinson)
3. One piece of imagery (simile, metaphor, personification) highlighted and labeled in margin
4. One hand drawn, colored illustration for each line which shows the meaning of that line
5. The use of slant rhyme at least once highlighted and labeled in margin
2. Walt Whitman wrote many poems in free verse, meaning they had no set rhyme and no distinct
rhythm. His poetry also included refrains (repetition of phrases or lines) and alliteration (repetition
of beginning consonant sounds in words). Write a poem emulating Walt Whitman’s style.
Your poem must include these five things:
1. A title which reflects the topic of the poem
2. Eight lines of free verse in the style of Whitman (they will be
longer than Dickinson’s lines)
3. Two pieces of imagery (simile, metaphor, personification)
highlighted and labeled in margin
4. One hand drawn, colored illustration for each line which shows
the meaning of that line
Grading: Please turn in this sheet with your poem
Title: 2 points /2
Imitation of correct style: 10 points / 10
Imagery and/or slant rhyme: 10 points (5 each) / 10
Illustrations: 8 points /8
Total: 30 points / 30