What Is Walt Whitman's Relationship With Nature

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Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are thought of by many to be the founders of American poetry. Both Whitman and Dickinson produce countless amounts of incredible poems. The poets share a unique relationship and understanding of nature. Each presents a tangible or concrete image or societal expectation and juxtaposes it with a more intuitive thought or image. Although thematically very similar, their writings are quite different. For example, Dickinson’s poetry is simple, short and gets straight to the point. While Whitman’s poems are long, complex and don't get to the main theme until later in the poem. In analyzing two of Whitman and Dickinson’s most famous poems the similarities in their relationship with nature will be reviewed as well as their differences in their style.…show more content…
Written in the first person, the meaning behind these lines from Dickinson’s poem is that for her church is going outside and being with nature. It isn’t necessary to, “keep the Sabbath in Surplice.” Through this use of alliteration, Dickinson accents that although some people believe they must go to church to have a closer relationship with God, she suggests that one only has to, “wear my Wings.” Faith and devotion in God can happen no matter where you are and for her it is simply enjoying life experiencing peace with nature and God. Dickinson also celebrates the journey, “I’m going, all along” instead of worrying about getting to heaven right away. The poem is pleasant to read. The second and fourth lines rhyme creating a song verse rhythm yet they are contrasted by midsentence capital letters and strange dashes that accent meaning and

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