Emily Dickenson and Walt Whitman
Examines similarities and differences in poems of the two late 19th century American poets; themes & concerns.
“This paper will explore the similarities and the differences between selected poems of Emily Dickinson and of Walt Whitman, poets who wrote during the same turbulent decades in America’s late 19th century. These two were very different kinds of people, and perhaps we would not expect them to be interested in similar themes. Dickinson is famous for her homebound ways, was apparently strongly introverted, had a narrow field of acquaintances, and never traveled far from home. Whitman, on the other hand, was a worldly New Yorker, a man interested in politics who lived the life of a journalist, a traveler, an altruist, and a man-about-town.”