Whitman And Dickinson

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Both Whitman and Dickinson were legendary in the branch of poetry, making their marks by writing plenty of poems, concentrating on important themes such as the developing America/independence, and creating beautiful works of art by exceeding the norms of Iambic Pentameter in conventional poetry. These poets exercised great influence among the coming generations of poets, while also exemplifying their traditional uses of poetic devices. But an important aspect that distinguished the uniqueness of both poets was the tone that was exemplified in their works. As a result, Dickinson and Whitman’s poems incorporated a plethora of symbolic messages that supported their tone and mood of not only their writing, but also what influenced them in…show more content…
Whitman somehow wants this strong will and spirit instilled inside of him urgently, which he clearly describes with such uplifting descriptions. Through Whitman’s descriptions, the reader can infer that the different configurations of the train are accredited to the train’s motion. These various segments of the train collectively piece together to create the train’s motion: “Through gale or calm, now swift, now slack, yet steadily careering; / Type of the modern – emblem of motion and power – pulse of the continent” (13-15). Whitman’s use of voice in the poem allows the reader to visualize the capability of the train to engage its various parts in one fluid action, thus producing the movement of the train: a feature portrayed as dominance and force. This correlates to the tone of the poem, as this strong sense of power and strength is instilled with the vibrant soul of the common man (which strengthens the viewpoint of a jubilant and mellow tone). In contrast to Whitman’s use of poetic devices, Emily Dickinson adopted a distinctive writing style that instilled a variety of tones in many of her renowned poems. In Dickinson’s poem “I like to see it lap the Miles,” it can be assumed that she is using an extended metaphor to describe a picturesque locomotive, which coincides with Whitman’s theme of his poem. Although Dickinson describes a locomotive, her use of distinctive poetic devices creates a playful tone to the poem. In each of the poem’s stanzas, Dickinson’s

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