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Comparison of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickenson

Uploaded by ksae432 on Apr 09, 2006

The relationship between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson can be drawn from typical kids in school classroom. There is Walt, the popular, sociable, talkative kid in the class who is known by everyone. Then there is Emily, the strange, artistic, quiet girl who sits by herself in the corner with no friends. This comparison is similar to what Whitman and Dickenson are really like. The following is about how Dickinson and Whitman are different and how they are alike.

The differences in these two legendary poets are numerous. First, their writing styles are opposite of each other. Whitman wrote with very bold strokes. For example, he was very extravagant with words. From his poem Song of Myself, he wrote, “Alone far in wilds and mountains I hunt, Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee…” This is one of the many examples of boldness in his works. He wrote in free verse, which meant that his poems sometimes did not rhyme. For example, in his poem A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim, he writes, “As from my tent I emerge so early sleepless, As slow I walk in the cool fresh air the path near by the hospital tent, Three forms I see on stretchers lying, brought out there untended lying…” This means that Whitman did not care about the typical rules of poetry. Emily Dickinson wrote with extreme precision. She chose every word very carefully. Her poem If you were coming in the Fall said, “It goads me, like the goblin bee, that will not state its sting…” Her use of the simile comparing the fears of waiting for the bee to sting her and her loneliness in that exert was very profound and intelligent. Emily’s goal of writing poems was to evoke private thoughts and feelings. She was an emotional and dramatic writer. For example, in her poem Apparently with No Surprise, she wrote,”To any happy flower, The frost beheads it at its play, In accidental power...” Second, Dickinson and Whitman’s lifestyles were very different from each other. Whitman led an exciting life. He traveled frequently. For example, he went to New Orleans and all over during the Civil War. Whitman was also very sociable. Also, he was a spokesman...

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Date:   04/09/2006

Category:   Literature

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