Dickinson Vs Whitman

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While Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman had drastically different lifestyles and had extremely distinct ways of writing, the messages they presented through their writing were often surprisingly similar. Walt Whitman’s poem “I Sit and Look Out” and Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Bustle in the House” are examples. These pieces of writing have a very different appearance, but, in fact, both contain similarities. From just reading the poems you would think that they didn’t relate to each other at all, but if you dig into the meaning, you are able to see the big comparison and contrast of the poems. In Emily Dickinson’s “The Bustle in the House” and Walt Whitman’s “I Sit and Look Out”, style and content of these two poems is what makes them very similar, yet different.…show more content…
Whitman uses the allusion “I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like” referring to slavery. “The morning after Death, Is solemnest of industries” is a metaphor that Dickinson used to compare the morning after death to the dignified industries. Similarly, the poems both use sound devices to get their points across. “I see…” and “I observe…” are both used repeatedly in “I Sit and Look Out”. It also uses alliteration and repetition in the line “...arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon….” “Enacted upon Earth” is an example of alliteration in “The Bustle in the

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