Both pioneered their own unique styles of writing. They were poets from the same time period and were extremely different from each other.
Whitman’s and Dickinson’s poetic structure lies outside of the convectional genres. Walt Whitman changed the language and form and re-designed how a self and person could be depicted, while Emily Dickinson re-conceived on how subjectivity might be evoked, explored, and expanded (Axelrod, Roman and Travisano 380). Whitman and Dickinson’s poems were very different. The difference was on the things they were interested in. Whitman wrote about the Civil War, while Dickinson wrote about death and nature. They had a few similarities, but they were vastly different people. Whitman, on the one hand, was a politically involved citizen who wrote poems that embraced the United States in an attempt to strengthen one Union on the other, while Dickinson was a non-voting woman who wrote poems that broke from society and declared her own self-sufficiency.
The use of punctuation is drastically different among the two poets. Whitman used traditional punctuation in his poetry. For example, «Beat! beat! drums!-blow! bugles! blow!. Whitman’s style also has numerous misspellings. According to Petersons Publishing, “Whitman’s poetry is marked by frequent intentional misspellings and grammatical errors designed to further intensify the powerful emotion expressed in his works” (n.p.). Dickinson on the other hand, used a punctuation which was unique to her poetry as well as capitalization. According to Peterson’s Publishing, “her deliberate use of grammar, notably through punctuations such as dashes and commas, resulted in a poetic form filled with vivid imagery and intense emotion that allowed for clear, distinct communication between Dickinson and her readers” (n.p.). Dickinson used irregular capitalization to emphasize certain ...Show more