“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” is what Nathan Hale said the day he died. He was an amazing person in history who helped the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War by spying on the British. He is just so interesting to learn about. Birth, Childhood, and Early Years of Nathan Hale First of all he was born on June 6, 1755 in Coventry, Connecticut.
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson use similar and different poetic devices. They were different and similar in their topics in the poems, “324” and “When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer”. They both talk about different and similar things and both come from the same era of writing which is the Romantic era. First when you read “324” by Emily Dickinson you can see that she has a rhyme scheme in the endings of each lines.
Walt Whitman conurbation to English literature is important because he is considered one of Americas most influential poets (Biography.com Editors, 2017).He aimed to surpass traditional epics (Biography.com Editors, 2017). He self-published the collection “Leaves of Grass” now the landmark of America literature (Biography.com Editors, 2017). Volunteer as a nurse during the civil war to write a collection of the experiences of a war-torn soldier called “Drums Taps” (Biography.com Editors, 2017). He died March 26, 1892, in Camden, New Jersey (Biography.com Editors, 2017). Walter Whitman Jr. was born 31 May 1819 in West Hills, New York (Shrmoop Editorial Team, 2008).
Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 to a family of conservative Calvinists on their Amherst Homestead in Massachusetts. She spent her younger childhood reading, busy with school, and exploring nature and her love of the earth. When she was old enough, she attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but only for a year. “Emily Dickinson Biography”, on Biography.com, states that agoraphobia, anxiety, and depression kept her out of school often, leading to quitting school despite being an exemplary student. From this time on she lived with her mother, taking care of her as she grew ill, never marrying or having children.
1. Emily Dickinson’s poetry was mostly published after her death with only a few poems being published while she was alive. Those poems in which she published when she was alive were altered by the publishers in an attempt to make her work more mainstream. This included changing some of the words as well as removing her famous dashes at the end of lines. Following her death her work had the same kind of edits made to it until the facsimile copies of her work were published. After the hundreds of poems were found in her chest after her death they were published with alternative words she sometimes provided in the drafts.
Theme of Walt Whitman is very focused of celebration and unity of life, whereas Emily’s are the opposite with themes including: death, the end of life, sadness, despair, depression. Walt’s writing, for example in “Leaves of Grass” Whitman writes, “I loafe and invite my soul,/an and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass”(whitman).Readers can easily sense a theme of life, joy and nature in his writing. In contrast
When Dickinson was young she thought of death as a kind, peaceful gentleman. She elaborates on this idea in her poem “Because I could not Stop for Death”, “Because I could not stop for Death/ He kindly stopped for me/ We slowly drove - He knew no haste,” Emily Dickinson uses the personification of Death in a way that bears resemblance to a classy, peaceful gentleman who is willing to slowly guide and patiently wait for a lady. Her wording also gives the connotation that she is young and in love with this gentle Death. This idea abruptly turns into hatred when she loses her parents.
Whitman and Dickinson share the theme of death in their work, while Whitman decides to speak of death in a more realistic point of view, Dickinson speaks of the theme in a more conceptual one. In Whitman’s poems, he likes to have a more empathic view of individuals and their ways of living. For example, in Whitman’s “Song of Myself”, the poet talks about not just of himself, but all human beings, and of how mankind works into the world and the life of it. Even though the poem mostly talks about life and the happiness of it, Whitman describes also that life itself has its ending, and that is the theme of death. For Dickinson, she is the complete opposite of happiness.
Dickinson began writing early on, yet her first piece was published after her death. Dickinson’s writing can be describe as gloomy or dark, whereas Whitman’s is not. Throughout her work she portrays how life merely continues and exploits the darker, less noticeable meaning of daily life events. Her writing is extremely precise, she uses slant rhymes through her writing. By doing such she is able to put emphasis on certain words to convey the prominence of what is being said.
Emily Dickinson lived during a time when many would become very well acquainted with death. As such it would become a specter that was feared as it could make an appearance at any time. So looking at Dickinson 's work it seems rather interesting that taken as a collection there seems to be the tale of one character that comes to view death in a multitude of different ways throughout their life. First is the feared figure that leaves them restless, then death comes as something numbing but leaves the living to celebrate the life of the one that has passed, life as a story that is completed and finished upon death, and finally coming to see death as kind figure that takes one to a new home. this finally view is what paints death as something that is not to be feared but rather as something natural, it is the next
Firstly, he had no rhyme within his poems but only rhythm; He also broke the rules of the verses per stanzas constitution, giving a sense of chaos when observing some of his work fragments. One big and relevant annexation to these two significant artists, is the usage of different rhetorical devices, which are meant to seek for diverse reactions on the perception of their poems by the readers. Dickinson’s and Whitman’s styles are not similar, but their poetry is so strong that it can build the same feeling or sensation in the readers. Certainly, this sense emerge thanks to the way in which poems are constructed. Their poetry makes people feel the words even though it does not look it will do it (depending on the structure the poem is
Emily’s poems are often stressful and depressing while Whitman’s poetry is graceful and candid. In addition, Whitman’s poetic style is opened while Dickinson is rather private and
Walt Whitman is one of the leading mystic poets of death in the field of American poetry. Death is assigned a distinguished space in his poetic universe of Leaves of Grasswhich immensely colours his vision of life. This paper is an attempt to present Whitman’s attitude towards death vis-à-vis global mystic perspective. Reality of Death
In this grand poem, Whitman glorifies the unity of all people and life. He embraces the geographical diversity as well as the diversity of culture, work, as well as sexuality or beliefs. Whitman’s influence sets American dreams of freedom, independence, and self-fulfillment, and changes them for larger spiritual meaning. Whitman appreciates hard work as well as being simple and non-egotistical. His major ideas are things such as soul, good health, as well as the love of nature.