Compare and Contrast for Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman

The two poets are very influential and great in many ways. They both have similarities and differences.

The structure similarity between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman is that they obviously write poems in poetic line and has stanzas. They always have at least one simile or metaphor comparing very important things.

The structure difference between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman is that Emily Dickinson would always state her title first in the poem then write the poem in poetic structure while Walt Whitman writes everything in free verse and he would sometimes say his title and repeat it. Also, Walt Whitman uses repetition in the poem “Beat! Beat! Drums!” It is to emphasize the meanings for war.

The similarity in meanings between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman is they both compare the world to the individuals. The poem “I Hear America Singing,” and the poem “Much Madness is divinest Sense,” both compares the society compare to individual.

There are a lot of differences between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. The main difference is their motifs. Emily Dickinson is comparing religious things. Walt Whitman in other case is using the “Man versus Nature.” Also, Walt Whitman’s poems are usually cheerful and he does not go dark in his tone. Emily Dickinson mainly talks about “death” and she explains all her doubts about people’s life.

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