I felt a Funeral, in my Brain Discussion Questions

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Research modern psychological explanations of what happens to the human mind when it is faced with clinical depression or some other mental illness. Explain howDickinson's poem depicts these mental events in poetic terms.

Explain howDickinson's depiction of the human mind may have been influenced by the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Research the ways in which groundbreaking scientific ideas were first received, such as those put forth by Galileo (whose 1632 work Dialogue on the Great World Systems posited the sun as the center of the solar system) or Charles Darwin (whose 1859 work On the Origin of Species proposed the idea of natural selection). Explain howDickinson's poem dramatizes some of the early reactions to these radical ideas.

Read Emerson's essay "The Poet" and then explain howDickinson's work adheres to the ideals put forth within it.

Research the ways that a woman's role was defined in nineteenth-centuryNew England...

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