It’s easy to compare two great poets of the late 19th Century. Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman were both authors and had a unique writing style. Although the two have some of the same views on things, their writing styles were drastically different. When put plainly, Whitman likes to use free verse, while Dickinson on the other hand prefers regular rhymes, and complex slants. Dickinson’s poems are also considerably shorter in contrast to Whitman’s.
I personally am not a fan of enjambment because I prefer forms – I like order and to know what to expect from a poem. Forms also sound more musical and auditory more appealing. Journal 5: Diction, tone, voice, and imagery differ in poetry from prose because in poetry word choice is much more important due to very limited length of poems. Poets need to place a special connection between them and readers very fast, unlike prose writers who have that ability for a thousand pages. One word chosen wrong in poem – you lose reader’s attention.
Firstly, the length of each stanza of the two poems has much to do with the creation of the tone. Shorter stanzas are easier to read compared with longer ones. And it is a suitable form to carry such tones as happy, light, and peaceful and so on. On the contrary, longer stanzas always appear denser, and the feelings conveyed are often heavy and sad. Thus, longer stanzas are fit for the expression of sad feelings.
An Explication of Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott Children often grow up listening to fairy tales. Repunsel is one fairy tale about a girl cursed to live a life of isolation in a tower. She longs to break free from seclusion and become part of the outside world. She eventually finds her one true love and risks her life to be with him. "The Lady of Shalott" by Lord Alfred Tennyson relates to Repunsel in many ways.
Indeed, by observing the themes and imagery found in these two poems, one can see that they do contain some similarities. Though these similarities do exist, there are also several quite obvious differences between the two. The most noticeable distinguishment involves the length of the poems. While Whitman's "Song of Myself" is quite lengthy, giving detailed and wordy descriptions, Dickinson's "This quiet dust was Gentlemen and Ladies" is much more concise and to the point. While Whitman tends to leave little to the imagination, Dickinson uses very few, carefully selected words, forcing the reader contemplate the meaning of the poem and create his own image of the scene being described.
Poetry Difficulty Poetry unlike fiction is solely based on the author’s personal take on a certain subject. The tone, diction, syntax, and mood of a poem are all determined by the author of the poem. For some readers, to interpret a poem or explain the plot can be a difficult task. Other forms of literature such, as fiction is much easier to understand and discuss. One reason fiction is easier to understand and discuss is that it has a plot, setting, a cast of characters, and a theme.
In poems feelings and ideas are expressed in fewer words and the techniques used in poems are different as well. Another thing that makes poems a little different is that their meanings are a bit difficult to understand and the language seems to be manipulated in; other words, a poet can create a language of their own. The poems of “When we two Parted”, “A Pity, We Were Such a Good Invention”, and “Modern Love” all have the same theme of being broken hearted, but their use of vocabulary’s, emotions, and thoughts are very different allowing the poems to be unique. Therefore, Poems can be interpreted for anyone there is no direct reference as to who. For instance, reading a poem with a known theme and then having the ability to read what the author has written for that theme makes the poem interesting, for their choices of vocabulary and their thoughts are all different.
"Hidden Heart" mirrors "Astrophil and Stella" in many ways, but contains several unique qualities as well. Natalie’s account was based on personal experience, where Astrophil is a character creation of Sir Philip Sydney. The similarities and differences of the theme, diction, and structure helped enrich both poems without cheapening them. Overall, both stressed the importance of writing with one’s heart to convey true emotion instead of agonizing over the literary quality of a personal letter. Also, the stylistic aspects of each poem carefully wove in a tone that contributed to their personality.
Two poems that use these approaches well are “Echo”, by Christina Rosetti, and, “The Weary Blues”, by Langston Hughes. Each of these writers have their own style when using these concepts, and their differences help make each of their poems unique. The first technique that each of these poems include is rhyme. When you think of poetry, rhyming usually pops into your head, but not all poetry contains the same type of rhyming.
In ‘The lady of Shalott’ the female lives in a tower, trapped and cursed, until she hears Lancelot coming. The lady is spinning tapestry and not looking out of the window at the outside world, yet towards the end of the poem she gets distracted and wants to see Lancelot for herself. The tapestry is an important symbol in the poem; it’s the only world that the lady lives in and this is still just other people’s lives that she sees through the mirror. This poem reflects the political turmoil that women faced in the year in which it was written. The lady is presented to us as being trapped and helpless.