'When I Heard The Learn D Astronomer'

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Nature is an personal experience. For some nature allows amazing experiences, which some share. Poets like Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman share their experiences with nature in their poems "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer” and “324. Though Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman have different writing styles they both express a similar perspective on nature. Whitman tell a tale of listening to a astronomers lecture. He stares at charts and diagrams, yet this compares nothing to looking at the stars themselves. Dickinson says she finds her time in nature closer to heaven than she does her time in church. Though Whitman and Dickinson use different poetic devices, they both express a reverence for nature. In Walt Whitman's poem "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer” Whitman is saying the way to understand nature is not scientific, but intuitive and mystical. Whitman expresses admiration for nature by using a dismal, disinterested tone to talk about being indoors learning about the stars. He writes "I became tired and sick” showing his great dislike for being imprisioned indoors learning about something he could be seeing. "Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself, / In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, / Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars" (6-8). This is when Walt Whitman's tone changes, he…show more content…
Dickson uses a metaphor when she says that her "church," which is nature, has "a Bobolink for a Chorister – / And an Orchard, for a Dome" (3-4). In these lines she it illustrating she has no needs for a church, she just needs nature to be in a scared environment. In her poem she continues her playful tone with the continuation of metaphors. At the end of the poem, she does not just compare nature with church; she claims her experience is actually better than being in church. This demonstrates her great admiration for
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