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Comparison between Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" And Whitman's "Come Up From the Fields Father"

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Comparison between Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" And Whitman's "Come Up From the Fields Father" Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman were two of the best poets in America, during the nineteenth century. They were both rebellious each in his own way. The shared some features, especially their abandonment of the usual form of poetry and their use of free verse instead. In comparing the poems "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" by Dickinson and "Come Up From the Fields Father" by Whitman, we can notice some similarities. Both poems have some kind of music though there is no rhyme scheme, due to the use of free verse. ...read more.

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He described the fields of Ohio's villages in autumn and their beauty. He described the "apples ripe", the "grapes on the trellis'd vines", "the sky so calm, so transparent after the rain". He made us feel as if we were smelling the grapes, the buckwheat and touching them. He made us hear the buzzing of the bees. He also made us experience the awe and misery of the mother by describing her "trembling steps" when she went to read the letter, her "sickly white face and dull in the head". In addition to her state after her son's death, she was "presently drest in black", "her meals untouched", "fitfully sleeping often waking" and her "deep longing...to be with her dead son". ...read more.

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She is not afraid of death, she instead receives it calmly. Whereas Whitman's view is the contrary. For him death is a horrible thing that comes amid the beauty of nature to destroy the calmness and peace of mind, and to deprive us of our beloved ones. He uses an anecdote to give us this sympathetic experience, so that we can realize the horrors of war. His poem moves swiftly. It carries us smoothly from one mood to another. From being happy with nature, to an ominous mood, then to feeling sad for the mother. Dickinson's poem also transfers us from one mood to another. At first we feel happy and joyous about death, then we contemplate life and its phases, then we finally feel calm. So that at the end we comprehend a happy and calm idea about death. ...read more.

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