Lesson Ideas: Thinking about Place

Emily Dickinson's sense of place

View of the Homestead from Emily Dickinson Museum garden


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Emily Dickinson's poetry works well in interdisciplinary studies, especially with science. An astute observer of nature, Dickinson reveals in her poetry an intimate knowledge of the natural world and an understanding of the process of scientific discovery. Her strong sense of place, too, offers an opportunity to consider how one's environment affects a person's outlook and approach to life as well as to art.

Curriculum ideas courtesy of Marta McDowell, landscape historian.