Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

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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. Her poems often described the inner state of mind. Waltman attempted to combine universal themes with individual feelings and experiences, such as his personal experiences with the Civil War. Whitman and Dickinson are two great poets who both were very similar but different in more ways than one, and they were both very influenced by who they were, and their life experience. Their poems were both “small in theme yet has it the sweep of the universe.”…show more content…
Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman were both very great poets, who reflected their personal experiences and life in their poetry using personification, tone, and metaphors. Dickinson’s writing style is somewhat similar to that of Whitman, in the sense of their personal experiences of being an outcast and having different views from that of society. Whitman and Dickinson may of been two different poets, but the way they reflected themselves so well in their poems were very alike. They both used metaphors and objects to represent themselves, and a theme that had a bigger meaning to the world, that you had to think deeper about, “small in theme yet has it the sweep of the
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