Whitman & Dickinson-Nature Death & Immortality

Topics: Emily Dickinson, Life, Death, Writing, Afterlife, Walt Whitman / Pages: 8 (1832 words) / Published: Mar 27th, 2011
Whitman & Dickinson-Nature Death & Immortality
Emily Dickinson & Walt Whitman were both poets of the nineteenth century that both captured their readers by their unique style of writing. Dickinson grew up in a wealthy family where her father and grandfather were lawyers. Although they were very outspoken, she was very introverted and put words to paper. Her lifestyle led to her writing poetry, in letters to friends, cards sent to loved ones but none of her work was seen by the world and recognized in its greatness until after her death when her poems had been discovered by family. Walt Whitman on the other hand was born into a family of hard workers and as he got older they expected him to work. His father was a home builder, and at the age of twelve, Whitman landed his first job as a printer. This became the start of his first love, working with words he became a master of poetry. Unlike Dickinson, he spent many years working to get his work published and finally his work became something that was revised over and over again to his perfection. Life experiences and family tragedies had a part to play in his poetry writings and eventually his poetry collection got longer and longer. Both Whitman and Dickinson had different styles of writing but also shared many similarities. Most of their works were based on Nature, death, and immortality. In poems written by Emily Dickinson, she saw nature and embraced it. Observing nature at its best you can vision what she writes, in the poem. A Bird came down the Walk she states, “A Bird came down the Walk—He did not know I saw—He bit an Angleworm in halves And ate the fellow, raw, And then he drank a Dew From a convenient Grass—And then hopped sidewise to the Wall To let a Beetle pass”. Her words are deep, but simple she makes it easy for her readers to understand and relate to what she is saying. Watching a Bird from a far, admiring his way of life, she sees the bird hunt for food and then ate it raw. Just like

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