The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Duration: 4 weeks (September)

Required Materials: All materials provided

Recommendations: Students who are ready for high school level literature work will enjoy this class, which requires some critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Instructor: Amy Sharony. Amy teaches high school literature at the Academy. Feel free to contact her with questions about this class.


We’ll be kicking off our year of U.S. literature with a look at one of the most ironically iconic poets in the canon — ironic because her work was never published while she was alive. Emily Dickinson’s work is deliberately elusive, hauntingly subversive, and just plain fun to read. We’ll consider her work in the context of its time, its contradictory perspectives on big ideas like Nature and Death, and its place in the 21st century canon.