Emily Dickinson Reflection Essay

analytical Essay
1626 words
1626 words

Reflection Essay Culture and history are the defining aspects of literary history. Each event throughout history has played a major role in the history of literature and writers today. Each writer throughout history has been influenced either through personal experiences, beliefs, and America’s history. Events such as the Civil War brought about several changes that led to the introduction of new literary genres and styles. Many of these writers wanted to break away from tradition whiles others wanted to write about their beliefs such as religion. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are two of the most significant writers from their time. Both writers are significant in literary history and have made noteworthy contributions to the literary …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that culture and history are the defining aspects of literary history. each event throughout history has played a major role in the history of literature and writers today.
  • Analyzes how walt whitman and emily dickinson focused much of their work on the subject of death, but they did so in contrasting ways.
  • Explains that realism is a literary genre that gives truthful and realistic representation of life and how things are in real life.
  • Analyzes how "the yellow wall paper" shows the narrator's mental issues and depicts life for women in the nineteenth century.
  • Explains that realism and naturalism are closely related terms in american literary history, sometimes used interchangeably. naturalism uses the environment and its conditions to demonstrate that human outcome is based on their environment.
  • Compares the views of booker t. washington and du bois on the subject of civil rights. both paved the way for african americans and abolished segregation.
  • Describes the harlem renaissance as the evolution of negro art, literature, and culture. langston hughes, countee cullen and claude mckay were important writers during this period.
  • Opines that our culture and history has molded literary history and brought about numerous changes. whether based on changes in society, or a writer’s personal experience or belief, the literary world will see more changes and evolving

Whitman presented the subject of death in an individualized manner. In his work, “Song of Myself”, death is discussed particularly in sections 48 and 49. Section 48 discusses the image of God and says, “And I say to mankind, be not curious about God” (Greenblatt, 64). He goes on to say that he sees God in everything and everywhere. “I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least” (Greenblatt, 64). Section 49 continues with the subject of death. Whitman is saying that he is not afraid of death. “And as to you Death, and you bitter hug of mortality, it is idle to try to alarm me” (Greenblatt, 65). Dickinson views death as inevitable and out of man’s control. She shows us thin in her poem “Because I could not stop for Death”. Dickinson embraces the idea of death. Both Dickinson and Whitman …show more content…

This period is defined as the evolution of Negro art, literature, and culture. Harlem was the center of the “New Negro Movement”. Writers such as Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer placed major roles and in the New Negro Movement. The Harlem Renaissance was a way to promote African American pride, and was the start of the Civil rights movement. Alain Locke was critical in during the New Negro Movement and played an integral role. Locke played a major role in the success of black authors. Locke was the publisher for his work called “The New Negro”. A large number of people were moving to the Northern cities. These people were mainly African Americans. The need for workers increased thus many African Americans followed the work. Many of these African Americans lived in poor living conditions, and worked at “low-paying, menial jobs” (Blackboard, The Harlem Renaissance). Some of the most important writers during this time I believe were Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay. This is because they wrote about what they were experience and what was going on with black Americans during the New Negro Movement. They wrote about their struggles and what civil rights meant to

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