View the first thirty minutes of this Emily Dickinson documentary, Voice and Visions; then view the seven minute documentary on Walt Whitman. While you view each film, consider how each film helps you consider each poet in a new light. Next reflect on how one moment in one video sheds a new light or appreciation of a word, phrase, line, or passage from a Whitman and Dickinson text. Then compose a 6-8 sentence comment in Standard English in the comment thread below. Be sure to utilize MLA form and cite the line of the poem you integrate into your explication.
We will use this outline to discuss the video more in class on Friday:
Minute 9: Emily Dickinson’s biographer, Richard B. Sewall, makes a great connection to Puritan tradition to keeping spiritual diaries to Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
Minute 13 Adrian Rich (poet and narrator of this scene) and Joyce Carol Oates quotes the following poem. Read it to help appreciate the insights of this passage: http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/dickinson.html
Minute 16 Adrian Rich compared her to the metaphysical poets; John Donne is such a poet.
Minutes 19-22 contains an interesting examination of Dickinson’s background on nature. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47653/this-world-is-not-conclusion-373
Minute 23-26: religious integrity. Hymn meter, rhythm and length of the hymn line found in Dickinson’s poetry, too. Great link for the poem examined: https://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetry-of-america/american-identity/dianeseuss-emilydickinson.html
Minute 29-32: the presence of death in 19th century culture. “I Died for Beauty.”
Then view the American Experience documentary on Walt Whitman.