Read the following quotes that attempt to define poetry, constructed by poets Emily Dickinson and Ntozake Shange.
Which perception of poetry best defines poetry’s impact on readers? Write an argument in which you make a claim about whether Dickinson or Shange best captures the impact that poetry can and/or should have on readers. Use evidence from the following to support your argument:
- the included quotes
- your own experiences as a reader
- words, phrases, or lines from other poems that exemplify the intended impact.
From The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson: By Her Niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi, 1924. https://emilydickinsonmuseum.org/later_years
“Self-Interview” quoted by Alicia Ostriker in “American Poetry, Now Shaped by Women,” New York Times Book Review (March 9, 1986)