Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson - Plain Local School District

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson - Plain Local School District

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson Two of the greatest American poets of the 19th century! Walt Whitman personality - sociable and gregarious. He was a traveler. expectations - wanted his message to be carried to the world. famous - during his lifetime (Leaves of Grass published in 1855.) poetic style - public spokesman of the masses - prophet of progress

- extravagant with words and careless with repetition and self-contradiction Walt Whitman - used long lists (catalogues) - used cadence (the long easy sweep of sound that echoes the Bible and speeches of orators and preachers.) - often wrote in free verse (no rhyme or meter) importance - model for 20th century poets (public) personal life

born in May 1819 at the age of twelve, Whitman began to learn the printer's trade at the age of 17, he began his career as teacher in a one-room school house in Long Island continued to teach until 1841 and then turned to journalism as a full-time career struggled to support himself through most of his life at the outbreak of the Civil War, Whitman vowed to live a "purged" and "cleansed" life died in March 1892 Emily Dickinson

personality - very shy and a recluse expectations - message was to die in oblivion famous - after her death poetic style found in nature a metaphor for the spirit and recorded them with no thought for an audience wrote with precision of a diamond cutter meticulous focus on diction (choice of words) aimed to evoke the feelings of things rather than simply to name them economical technique uses rhyme and meter Emily Dickinson Importance - model for 20th century poets (private)

Personal life Lived a life of self imposed seclusion in her familys home after college (gradual shift to secluded life) Born December 1830 in Massachusetts Family was a pillar in the community (politically active family) was a bright and intelligent student as a child father was very strict; he censored her reading (Whitman too inappropriate) was a descendent of early Puritan settlers (religion important) Emerson had a great influence on her writing wrote over 1,700 poems and many letters died at the age of 55 from Bights disease, which is caused by kidney degeneration after her death her sister found a boxful of Emilys poems and letters First set of Dickinsons poems published by her sister (Vinnie) and family friend (Mabel) in 1893

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