Comparison of Whitman and Dickenson Poems
<br>"Hope is a Thing with Feathers" and "O Captain! My Captain!" contain a similar scansion. Both have a predominantly iambic meter. The unaccented beat followed by the accented beat creates a rising meter. Each poem also contains notable exceptions to the iambic meter. In "Hope is a Thing with Feathers," the first line Hope is the thing ' contains a trochee followed by an iamb. "O Captain! My Captain!" contains even more exceptions to the iambic meter. Line 5, But O heart! heart! heart! ' consists of an imperfect root followed by two spondees, or feet with two equally accented syllables. Both Line 6 O the bleeding drops of red ' and line 8 Fallen cold and dead ' have trochaic meters with an imperfect root at the end. The remainder of the poem has an iambic meter until the last two lines: Walk the deck my Captain lies, /Fallen cold and dead. ' The iambic meter makes the poem rise until the end where the switch to trochaic meter helps emphasize the conclusion of the poem.
<br>Along with the irregularities in meter, neither poem has a regular line length or rhyming pattern. Dickinson 's poem contains alternating tetrameters and trimeters, with the exception of the first line, which contains 7 syllables. The poem contains some irregular rhyme; heard ' in line 5 rhymes with bird ' in line 7, and Sea ' in line 10 rhymes with Me ' in line 12. Whitman 's poem contains even more irregular line lengths. The first 4 lines