Emily Dickinson Research Paper

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Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman and “I Taste Liquor Never Brewed” by Emily Dickinson have many characteristics that are similar. Their writing styles are more modern. They seem to use these new writing styles to express their American ideas uniquely. Although both Whitman and Dickinson are considered modern writers, their writings can be compared and contrasted in many ways. There are by far more differences in the writing styles of Whitman and Dickinson than there are similarities. One difference is the way they structured their poems. Basically, the structures of Whitman's poems are the lack of any structure. Whitman's poems tend to run on and on; there was no set length for his poems, stanzas, or…show more content…
One of the poetic tools which Whitman used is cataloguing. This was simply making a list of things in his poetry. An example of this can be found in "Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry" where Whitman lists all the things people will enjoy, such “the sunset, the pouring-in of the flood-tide, the falling-back to the sea of the ebb-tide” (Whitman, 2013, p. 1070). One of Dickinson's modern tools was her use of startling imagery. An example of this can be found in "I Taste Liquor Never Brewed," when she states “tankards scooped in pearl” (Dickinson, 2013, p.…show more content…
It was considered radical, extreme, and dangerous. In “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass was determined not only to convince people of the wrongfulness of slavery but also to make abolition more acceptable to Northern whites. Douglas uses many rhetorical strategies to convey his powerful emotions on the subject, and the end result is a very effectively argued point. Douglas makes his points in a way that is simultaneously generous, mean, cruel, funny and memorable. Douglas begins by asking four questions to help get the attention of his audience and to highlight the irony of a black person addressing an audience on the 4th of July, a day devoted to celebrating independence. The use of questions highlights the irony. Douglass is making the point that though his “fellow citizens” are celebrating July 4th with “tumultuous joy,” millions of slaves are suffering even more “under the weight of their heavy and grievous chains,” that are “rendered more intolerable” by the shouts of joy that accompany July

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