Walt whitman and emily dickinson are often considered the two most representative and influential american poets, and yet they are, in many respects, very different one of the hallmark differences between them is in the length of lines they use in their poems. One major theme in emily dickinson's poems is death here is a look at several emily dickinson's poems exploring death with my own analysis and commentary on specific poems. Compare and contrast writings styles of emily dickinson and walt whitman emily dickinson has a very distinct style of poetry she uses slantline (incomplete thoughts) which she developed in this poem, if you were coming in the fall.
Continue your poetry odyssey with these classic walt whitman poems, our selection of great poems by hilda doolittle, this pick of the best short poems by women and these classic sylvia plath poems image: black/white photograph of emily dickinson by william c north (1846/7), wikimedia commons. Emily dickinson did not write for an audience, but walt whitman wrote for an audience about several national events the forms each poet used are different as well the rhyme in the poetry by whitman is drastically different from the poetry written by dickinson, because whitman didn't use any rhyme. Emily dickinson, in full emily elizabeth dickinson, (born december 10, 1830, amherst, massachusetts, us—died may 15, 1886, amherst), american lyric poet who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision. - emily dickinson and walt whitman both were american poets who lived in the 19th century who strayed from the traditional style of writing poetry and formed their own individual style of writing which became the unique american style of poetry.
The site is divided into three sections, one which explores whitman's and dickinson's literary responses to the fugitive slave law, one which examines their use of images of an ethiopian in their poems, and one which considers whether their war poetry was influenced by mathew brady's photographs. But for whitman, poetry wasn't just a vehicle for expressing political lament it was also a political force in itself in his preface to the first edition of leaves of grass (1855), whitman. Context emily dickinson led one of the most prosaic lives of any great poet at a time when fellow poet walt whitman was ministering to the civil war wounded and traveling across america—a time when america itself was reeling in the chaos of war, the tragedy of the lincoln assassination, and the turmoil of reconstruction—dickinson lived a relatively untroubled life in her father's house. The poems of emily dickinson, variorum edition, 3 volumes, edited by franklin, harvard university press, 1998 the poems of emily dickinson, reading edition, edited by franklin, harvard university press, 1999.
Both are also similar in dealing with the same themes, but acutely different in approach, style and structure, where emily dickinson's poems seem short and could be taken as almost anti-'american identity', walt whitman's (1819-1892) are set in free verse and are especially jingoistic. An analysis on isolation: seen through the lens of solitude and loneliness thesis: emily dickinson and walt whitman explore the theme of isolation through ideas of loneliness and solitude, often interchangeably, and sometimes holding contradictory perspectives on these ideas. Walt whitman, emily dickinson and the war that changed poetry, forever the two titans of american poetry chronicled the death and destruction of the civil war in their poems by david c ward. Comparing walt whitman and emily dickinson during the time in american history known as the, several poets began to stray from the traditional methods of writing poetry among these poets were walt whitman and emily dickinson.
Modpo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary us poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from emily dickinson and walt whitman to the present participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly difficult we encounter. Walt whitman was captivated by the civil war most of his poetry reflects on that and is representative of american ideals and culture he wrote o captain my captain as an a kind of mourning poem, also called elegy, in order to honor abraham lincoln. Perhaps i remember best the poem of walt whitman, an american, and the sun-down poem there are two or three pieces in the book which are disagreeable, to say the least simply sensual he does not celebrate love at all. Walt whitman and emily dickinson are two of the most famous poets from the time period who daringly revolutionized both the subject and style of american poetry while both are famous trailblazers the two are vastly different. Study questions for walt whitman leaves of grass (1855) from its first publication in 1855, whitman continued to add and expand the leaves of grass.
This article discusses the works of poet walt whitman and in some instances compares his life to the life of poet emily dickinson the article evaluates the poet's life and work by evaluating implications in the passages of the poems he wrote. Walt whitman is america's world poet—a latter-day successor to homer, virgil, dante, and shakespeare in leaves of grass (1855, 1891-2), he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. Trahan whitman and dickinson unlike walt whitman, emily dickinson was-- whitman's feelings about his own poems are best revealed by his-. Altered: whereas his thick descriptions of whitman's and dickinson's poetry largely serve to confirm and deepen traditional understandings of their work, his description of melville's work seeks a radical re-conception of melville's.
Several notable articles appeared, including a special issue of the emily dickinson journal devoted to dickinson's reading amanda gailey contributes the whitman section of this chapter, jane donahue eberwein the dickinson section. Walt whitman and emily dickinson both had different and similar views, which influenced how they wrote their poetry their social context, life experiences, and gender are reflected in their poetry emily dickinson focused a lot on death and her struggles of being a woman during her time. Northwest writers will read the work of emily dickinson and walt whitman in celebration of their poetry, which has influenced and inspired generations of poets and poetry-lovers around the world. Walt whitman poetry has no rhyme to it, it made my head hurt while reading whitman's poems, as for dickinson she had a slight rhyme to her poems which was nice by studying these two poems, one can see several obvious similarities between them, one had no structure at all in there poems, but the other wrote in four line stanzas.