Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman: Dissimilar Poets Establish Unique Writing Style

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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. Their lifestyles and writing styles were extremely different, as they shared little in common. The dissimilarities in these two poets are in the way they composed their poems and possibly in the content of the poems. Whitman established a unique style in the form of using free verse and Dickinson in her peculiar use of punctuation to establish her unique style of poetry.
Walt Whitman’s poems were written in free verse and very lengthy; Song of Myself is over thirteen thousand lines long and has 52
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He takes her for a ride in a carriage. She enjoys the ride and speaks about what she sees along the ride which is nothing unusually from any ride. As evening approaches she gets cold because she was not prepared for her date and is not dressed properly. Their designation is her grave. Then the reader realizes she has been dead for centuries. It appears she is just making the passage to the afterlife. Notice the odd capitalization of several of the words: Death, Immortality, School, Children, Recess, Ring, Fields of Grazing Grain, Setting Sun, Glossamer, Gown, Dews, Tippet, Tulle, House, Swelling, Ground, Road, Cornice, Centuries, Day, Horses Heads and Eternity. Capitalization seems to personify some of the words such as immortality, fields of grazing grain, setting sun, gown and immortality. The capitalization also emphasizes some of the words.
Emily Dickinson used imagery in poem so the reader could have a mental picture of what she was saying as she describes them moving slowing and then provides graphic details about what in seen along the ride. Examples of this are the children, the school, the sunset and chill few from the dew. Walt Whitman

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