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There's a certain Slant of light

There's a certain Slant of light


by Emily Dickinson

There's a certain Slant of light Questions

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  1. How does the form and syntax of this poem contribute to its meaning?
  2. How is the "Slant of light" an extended metaphor for the speaker's internal conflict? 
  3. How would you describe the poem's mood? Does it appear to change at any point? If so, where? 
  4. Why does the speaker include the paradox of a "Heavenly Hurt"? What's so important about that contradiction of words? 
  5. How do all the dashes contribute to the poem's sound? Would it have sounded any different without them?

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