CH American Lit - Essay 1 - Final - Lexii

CH American Lit - Essay 1 - Final - Lexii - HLI 118 B...

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HLI 118 B Clifford Hults American Literature II Spring Semester 2008 Deadly Writing: Two Writers’ Poetry of Death During the twentieth century, there were many famous poets, such as, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, and many others. Of these poets, two names stand out as being the most influential writers of their time. They are Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Both poets use completely different writing styles and are completely different people in general. Whitman was a well known, yet not very popular among the people, type of poet, while Dickson was awkward and edgy in her writing . They also shared similar characteristics, like how they speak of certain topics and ideas, such as: nature, death, gender, love, and God. Death, as a theme, is Whitman and Dickinson’s strongest connection. Death is one of the most powerful things in this world. It brings out the extreme forms of passion in people. Taking advantage of this, Walt Whitman writes some of his best poetry from situations of death or just the idea of dying by drawing that power from it. The difference with Whitman is that he believes in Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism by definition is any philosophy based upon the doctrine that the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course LIT HLI-118 taught by Professor Reubenfeld during the Fall '07 term at Stevens.

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CH American Lit - Essay 1 - Final - Lexii - HLI 118 B...

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