Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were pioneers for the romantic writing style, unknow to their generation of traditional poets. They are alike in many ways, such as the use of imagery, personification and meter. While Whitman writes in long stanzas metaphors, Dickinson uses short stanzas and slant rhyme. These diverse styles of writing were equally as strange to the traditional styles of their time. Although Whitman and Dickinson both wrote about serious, emotional subjects, they use different formats and styles of writing because of their differences in purpose. The poem “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman is an example of his use of imagery. His word choice makes the scene appear in your mind. For example, “I depart as air, I shake my white…show more content…
Her use of imagery gives the ride she takes with Death all the more colorful and meaningful. “We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain — We passed the Setting Sun —” The imagery used in these lines make the reader feel as if they are on a ride with Death themselves. Dickinson’s use of personification is much more subtle and quiet. “We slowly drove — He knew no haste,” The word “he” is being used to describe the character Dickinson created out of the concept of death. Making him into a gentlemen that shows “civility.” Because the meter in this poem is faster than Whitman’s, Dickinson creates a sense of patience and clarity. Making this a calm poem about the acceptance of death. These poems are examples of the struggles the authors had as people, but they were also the gateway to a more free, expressive form of poetry. Although Whitman and Dickinson went generally unnoticed during their time, both became famous after their deaths. The use of personification, imagery and meter made them a comparative pair. But the differences, such as Dickinson's use of short stanzas and Whitman's untamed, stretched stanzas made them different but equally
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