by May Swenson
Continuing Evolution of Poem #585
nearly all of Dickinson’s poems, "I like
to see it lap the miles" (also known as Poem
#585) was not published until after her death.
When Dickinson wrote the poem, she included alternate
word choices in the margins of the page. As a
result, different versions of the poem have been
published. Browse through this site, then try
your hand at "editing" the poem online.
Email the finished poem to yourself.
I Did on a Rainy Day
I Did on a Rainy Day" is a poem published
in May Swenson’s book Nature. Visualize the scene
that Swenson creates in this poem. Compare this
description with the creatures she describes in
"Southbound on the Freeway." In both
poems, how does Swenson turn something ordinary
into something extraordinary? Write a paragraph
or two in the Web Links
Activity Log to explain your answer.