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Is Emily Dickinson known for her use of commas or use of dashes?

Asked by memers (20 points ) October 17th, 2009

i am taking an online course and the teacher asked in one of the quizzes: Emily Dickinson is a famous poet and she is known or some writing quirks….be careful because only a truly Dickinson follower will know..is it her fascilises, commas, dashes, or none of the above

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Jeruba's avatar

What in the world is fascilises?

I’d say dashes. See here and search on “dash.” But why is your teacher asking you something only a true Dickinson follower will know and not something she has taught to the students in her classes?

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Why don’t you read a few Emily Dickinson poems? That’s usually a good start to finding out what someone’s style is.

Jeruba's avatar

@TitsMcGhee, she littered her poems with little marks resembling dashes, many or most of which were edited out of published editions, according to the article.

I still want to know what ‘fascilises’ is supposed to be,. Usually I am pretty good at guessing what a wrong or misspelled word ought to be—that’s part of my professional toolkit—but I am stumped.

Jobes32's avatar

@Jeruba a little critical don’t you think? Sounds like she was asking for assistance, possibly after she had read them.

Jeruba's avatar

What are you talking about, @Jobes32? I pointed her to a source for the answer. Where’s the criticism? I also defended her by saying the answer isn’t to be found in reading the poems because that’s not how they appear in print.

memers's avatar

Sorry for the typos…didn’t realize it…the word is spelt fascicles…I am sure you know what that means

Jobes32's avatar

ohhh no I wasn’t saying it you to. I saw that you put a source I thought that was very nice of you! I felt as though the comment above incinuated that memers didn’t attempt to figure out the answer by reading the poems in the first place. Its just been a long week. im sorry, even fluther is getting my blood pressure up

memers's avatar

I read some of her poetry however they were altered from the originals…her use of slashes, dashes, capitalization etc. Some words were even added to some of her Poems. I don’t think Jobes meant anything by her response..you comment on fascicles or the mispelling of it could of been taken the wrong way..Thank you for the interesting webpage..Really appreciate it….

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@Jobes32: There are definitely questions that come through fluther that are just homework questions that users don’t bother to research themselves. I just wanted to make sure that fluther wasn’t being used just to do someone’s homework for them (particularly because the asker isn’t an established member, so how am I to know?).

Jeruba's avatar

No, Jobes32 was referring to TitsMcGhee’s question. Many of us are sensitive to questions that amount to “Do my homework for me” (I am too) and are apt to challenge the asker. In this case, assuming the teacher’s question was as stated, it sounds like it was not a quiz on class lessons at all—very odd.

I would never have guessed “fascicles.” That is definitely not the answer, in any case. She did gather her work in fascicles, but that wouldn’t be called a writing quirk.

Jobes32's avatar

I know im sorry. I am new. obviously.

Jeruba's avatar

Perfectly all right, @Jobes32. Just a slip of the fingers. Welcome to fluther.

memers's avatar

I did my homework on this…just curious for anyone else’s thoughts….the fascicles was found around her poetry books when her sister found them after her death…Emily had hand sewn them around the books…I am unable to see or read her original work alhough I was able to find a few verses to her poems with the changes that were made…She was an intersting poet!!!!

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] Slight typo in title fixed by internal editing.

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