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Walt Whitman in contrast to Emily Dickinson Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were both great American poets of the 19th century Aside from this however the two had very few in common Without even going into their almost polar opposite personal lives and concentrating solely upon their writings one can still see the incredible diversity of American culture Their views were different Their beliefs were different Their writing styles were different But they both wrote some of the best poetry this country had ever seen Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman contrast in the ways of their different writing structure subject tone and topics discussed in the majority of their published works First the most forthcoming evidence of their differences would be the structure that the poets use to express themselves through Whitman uses free verse in his poems A clear representation of this is any excerpt from Song of Myself This poem has a set rhythm but no definite rhyme scheme The Yankee clipper is under her sky-sails she cuts the sparkle and scud My eyes settle the land I bend at her prow or shout joyously from the deck Whitman- Song of Myself 10 lines 6-7 This makes the poem less appealing to read but leaves a lot more room for expression from the author Dickinson however uses well planned out short lines of rhymes Her poems dont usually consist of many more than 6 words per line and are written in verse This gives each poem an easier pattern and flow to comprehend These poems may not sound as sophisticated but are equally brilliant If you were coming in the Fall Id brush the Summer by With half a smile and half a spurn As Housewives do a fly Dickinson- If you were coming in the Fall lines 1-4 Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs Whitman- I Hear America Singing line 11 Lines like this
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