Each group has assembled a small
anthology of Dickinson poems. If you had duplicates, select other
poems to take their place. If you have not yet contributed your
poem selections to the group, DO SO IMMEDIATELY.
The group will now construct an index to the themes, objects
and events of these poems. You may form sub-groups: one to index
themes, another to index objects and events. Every member of
the group needs to index every poem for themes, objects or events
(i.e. DO NOT split up the poems - "you do the first five;
you do the second five"...etc.).
According to Mulvany, "An
index is a structured sequence--resulting from a thorough and
complete analysis of text--of synthesized access points to all
the information contained in the text" (13).
For a sample index, consider what has been done with the two
Every significant aspect of each poem should be referenced
(indexed) by main heading and subentry. Main headings
and subentries should be arranged in alphabetical order. Poem
numbers at each entry should be listed in numerical order. Note
the particular uses of commas and semi-colons.
The See also cross-references are provided so that
you might see how they are handled. You would not use such a
cross-reference if there were no new information at that other
place, as in the example.
Mulvany, Nancy C. Indexing Books. Chicago: U of Chicago
Consider the following poems. Notice how I have created
main heading and subentry terms for the themes,
objects and events in the poems. You will be doing the same for
My friend must be a Bird-
Because it flies!
Mortal, my friend must be,
Because it dies!
Barbs has it, like a Bee!
Ah, curious friend!
Thou puzzlest me!
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
We might expect to find entries for these poems at
|bee; See also insect [main heading]
bird; See also flight [Do not use See also if there is no new information
at that other place]
prairie ingredient, 1755 [subentry]
flies, 92 [Only
create a subentry when you have more than one item]
of friend, 92
imagination, power of, 1755
dies, 92; See also mortality
flies, 92; See also bird, insect
puzzling, 92; See also perplexity
stings, 92; See also bee, insect
the clearest, most useful, heading term], 92
prairie, how to make a, 1755; See also bee, clover
revery, 1755; See also imagination
for a prairie, 1755
poem as, 1755