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Teaching We Grow Accustomed To The Dark

We Grow Accustomed To The Dark

In her poem We Grow Accustomed to the Dark, Emily Dickinson establishes situation, structure, and language and uses musical devices to create a sense of uncertainty and change as the speaker moves through the dark in search, seemingly, of knowledge. The poem was originally untitled, so the title is the first line of the poem. The fact that Dickinson decided not to include a title may have been signify that her poem is trying to describe to the reader the blindness with which many people regard life.

Emily Dickinson
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How does Dickinson relate the symbols of light and darkness to approaching life's questions?
STANDARDS:
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.5 - Text Structure

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

3,4
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