Women at the Turn of the 20th Century

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EMILY Dickinson

“The Shut me up in Prose”

“Because I could not stop for Death”

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Emily Dickinson @ Poetry Foundation

Emily Dickinson Museum

Close Reading and Critical Thinking about Dickinson’s Poems

Do a line-by-line interpretation and analysis of two poems by Emily Dickinson: “They shut me up in Prose” and “Because I could not stop for Death.”

  • What do these two poems mean to you, line-by-line and overall as a whole poem?
  • Point out important symbols, important poetic devises, etc.
  • Show me your best close reading and analysis skills — your Upper School level skills!

Sketch and Annotate — Be ready to explain your work to the class. Show us YOUR meaning of the poems.


gil3CHARLOTTE Perkins Gilman

“The Yellow Wallpaper”

Schlesinger Library Charlotte Perkins Gilman Digital Collection

The Neurasthenia Rest Cure and Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell

Neurasthenia is no longer an official diagnostic category in Western medicine (except in psychiatry where it is rarely used outside China and Japan). Instead, modern physicians recognize different conditions, such as clinical depression, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder, postpartum depression, and perhaps chronic fatigue syndrome and mononucleosis as being part of what physicians in 1900 called neurasthenia.”


5187e86c6121d.preview-620KATE Chopin

“The Story of an Hour”


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Ida B. Wells

Frances Harper

Pauline Hopkins

Nellie Bly