Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's Song Of Myself

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Introduction: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and Walt Whitman (1819-1892) are both considered as founder of the modern American literature. The essay will be focused on an extract of the Chant 33 from the 1881 edition of “Song of Myself”. In “Song of Myself” we see that Whitman wants to combine the democracy and the individual but in his 1855 's preface, he advocates simplicity: “Nothing is better than simplicity.”1 This essay will also analysed the poem 668 extracted from The Complete Poems Of Emily Dickinson published in 1975. So the poem studied here is:“ 'Nature ' is what we see”. Most of her poems deal with death, religion, immortality and nature. In the poem 668 with see how the speaker is in awe of the nature all around her.

Prosody, a mean for the poet to express him/herself: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are completely different when we talk about prosody but they both use it to express themselves. After the Civil War, Whitman wanted to show unity, what it means to be American but most of all, he wanted to show that the world after the war is different. That is why in Chant 33, he uses free verse. There is no meter or rhyme pattern, it recalls his will of breaking with traditions. Through his poem, he show a new and fresh America, different from all the other conventions and from the other countries; this is a democratic poem. This poem is also very long, it is le the longest of the 52 sections of “Song of Myself”. This is an important detail because

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