Whitman worked the majority of his life, including employments as a writer, instructor, government representative, and medical attendant in the Civil War. It’s very obvious to see in their poems the distinctions they had when communicating thoughts regarding basic themes. Although, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman had numerous contrasts in their composition styles, they had death as repetitive point in their lyrics.
Both poets are very similar to each other in a way that both of them lived in the nineteenth century. "The two giants of 19th-century American poetry who played the greatest role in redefining modern verse are Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson (Burt)". Both Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are considered as the founders of today’s modern American poetry, whose they put the keystone, and which was further developed by other poets over the years. The poetry has been redefined. The modern poetry becomes more discreet which uses the topics of everyday life. However, both of them were two different personalities from a completely distinctive society because Emily Dickinson came from a conservative and strict family. Therefore, she is withdrawn, and on the other hand, a controversial personality because she dealt with the modern poetry. For that reason, her contradictory feelings often fight a battle with each other in her poems. Walt Whitman came from a simple civilian family, whose parents were very hardworking people who had big national values, thus according to his revolutionary and national ideology Walt Whitman fits into the modern American poetry. Nevertheless, the ideas of two poets are similar at a certain point because in their poems both of them
Emily Dickinson’s poetry is an essential part of American literature. Firstly, Emily’s style of poetry is largely influenced by her childhood. She grew up with her parents, a brother, and a sister. Her mother was aloof and quite possibly depressed, so Emily was closer to her father and siblings than she was to her mother.
After reading poetry from both Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, I found that I liked Emily Dickinson’s poetry more than I liked Walt Whitman’s. I think that I enjoyed Dickinson’s poetry more simply because of the rhyming. My favorite poem that we read by her was #1732 “My life closed twice.” I liked this poem because of the last two lines, “Parting is all we know of heaven, And all we need of hell.” I liked one of the poems we read by Walt Whitman called, “A Noiseless Patient Spider.”
Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are the most representative and brilliant poets of the nineteenth century and in the American literature in general. However, we can also say that, between them, they have the most different styles of writing they can have, just as well as their lives. For example, as Christenbury (n.d.) stated, firstly that Walt Whitman was someone “[…] who struggled to get his poems published and who developed a broad admiring audience during his lifetime. In contrast, the reclusive Emily Dickinson died unknown to the world of poetry, leaving a box full of unpublished poems”. Nevertheless, we can find some similarities in their lives, for example, both of them lived in a difficult historical period: on the one hand Emily Dickinson, who was born the 10th of December of 1830 and on the other hand, Walt Whitman, who was born the 31st of May of 1819, lived the period of the American civil war.
Nevertheless she maintained toward his morose man an attitude of teasing affection. “He buys me many books- but begs me not to read them- because he fears they joggle the mind.” Her father was regarded as a tyrannical Puritan who controlled his daughter’s life and lightened it (Benfey 27). Moreover, in her late twenties or early thirties, Dickinson had a very shattering and emotional experience as she faced many disappointments relating to love; because of this she spent a great deal of time alone in her Amherst home. Furthermore, in 1854, Dickinson met with Reverend Charles Wadsworth in Philadelphia, and he could have possibly been the “inspiration for some of her love poems” (Emily Dickinson Biography).
Many authors have their own person way of writing like including facts in their literary works or putting their own opinions into the mix. Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost are two poets that focus on themselves; they share their opinions, emotions, and thoughts through their writing and build a community of people who agree with them. Both of these talented writers are very keen on keeping a running theme that stands as their central idea; Emily’s poems are about seeing things in a new and different light while Robert’s poems are built around central metaphors and his past experiences. Aside from focusing on themselves, they have a few poems that describe the experience and emotions of an induvial person like Frost’s “Home Burial” and Dickenson’s “He ate and drank the precious words”. Emily Dickenson was a poet who expresses her deep emotions and thoughts that she experiences naturally over time; she doesn’t worry about getting things right nor does she worry about what people will think of her poems.
They broke out of the predetermined mold set for them by society, and created incredible works with their unique styles. However, although Dickinson provided many thought-provoking concepts, Whitman helped shape the future of poetry. With his groundbreaking development of the free verse style, he has opened society’s eyes to a world of creative
Walt Whitman was an American poet and journalist born on May 31, 1819. Whitman was influenced by transcendentalism, which was an idea emphasizing that to understand nature, one must analyze the reasoning or process behind it. Whitman had done many writings throughout his life that had been inspirations for other poets. For example, in the spring of 1855, Whitman published “Leaves of Grass”, which was a collection of twelve unnamed poems. This writing was enticed by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who thought that the collection of poems were “the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom.”
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickison shared some similarities they often dealt with the same kind of theme. Whitman and Dickison has had their own unique styles of how they would write. Death was the topic that both writer had a strong connection with. Religion was another common topic these two had in common. Beyond the themes they also were so well known for their unique voice and style Both poets also lived and wrote in the northeastern United States in the later half of the nineteenth century..Emily Dickison purpose for poetry was to know about what intrigued her. She used law, music, nature, religion, music, medicine, fashion, commerce, and domestic activities prove world wide. But most importantly the people who Emily had came into contact
Walt Whitman’s V.S. Baudelaire’s Walt Whitman’s, “Song of Myself” and Charles Baudelaire’s “A Carcass” have many similarities and differences. Both of the poems have qualities of death in the end which reflect their early lives. Walt Whitman and Charles Baudelaire had very different childhoods in the sense that Whitman had a close family when he was growing up through adolescents. While Baudelaire had a broken family when he was a boy.2 The authors integrate self and views of the self in their texts, in addition they also have specific words and phrases that they both use.
In his youth, Dickinson was not in class at one of the Brooklyn public schools, he loved riding the ferry, walking the streets, and checking out the museums, constantly taking note of life happening around him. When he was eleven years old, Whitman had to drop out of school and work to support his family. In his earlier years, Whitman enjoyed travel to see the different cultures of the world. This may have been a large influencer in his poetry. In his poem “Song of Myself”, Whitman shows that he is really into himself.
Walt Whitman’s V.S. Baudelaire’s Walt Whitman’s, “Song of Myself” and Charles Baudelaire’s “A Carcass” have many similarities and differences. Both of the poems have qualities of death in the end which reflect their early lives. Walt Whitman and Charles Baudelaire had very different childhoods in the sense that Whitman had a close family when he was growing up through adolescents. While Baudelaire had a broken family when he was a boy (1).
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.
The poem that stood out the most while reading this assortment of Emily Dickinson poems, was her poem numbered 656/520. This poem used imagery in numerous ways throughout in order to show the audience the important themes and the overall meaning of this work of literature. The poem’s main theme was about a walk on the beach that the poet encountered in the early morning. Although the poem is about a beach it can also give the audience contextual clues into other aspects of life.