"Starter" Poems

Poems to Use in the Classroom

The following poems have been successfully used with a variety of age levels: 

PLEASE NOTE: Dickinson titled few of her poems, so they are generally referred to by first line. The number following each first line above refers to the most recent edition of Dickinson’s work, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1998). It is available in a reading edition published in 1999. Dickinson’s poems do remain under copyright. Many versions found on the Internet are taken from earlier versions of her work that are heavily edited. A source that does include some Dickinson texts taken from the Franklin edition can be found at http://poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/155.