Introduction from Dr. Williams: My 1102 class was given a good bit of freedom in writing about one of three poets. Ashlyn chose Emily Dickinson, and tried to shed some light on that poet’s mystique by focusing on her curious treatment of and attitude toward death. She selected three poems and constructed a thesis that argued for a vision of death common to them all. What I like about Ashlyn’s writing is its conciseness–she makes her words count. And she doesn’t belabor quotation, but finds just what she needs. She also has a refreshing tendency to zero in on what is interesting, leaving out “the dull bits.” She illuminates Dickinson’s style, in a sense, by sharing it. Read her essay here.