Problem sentences. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were two great poets.
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Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were two great poets.
“And I had put away my labor and my leisure too, for his civility” clearly shows that Dickinson is accepting of death. Never say “clearly” anything - you MUST explain the relevance of the quote to your point or what the quote proves
Langston Hughes realized Whitman’s gargantuan mistake.
Walt Whitman uses imagery to show how America is an unification of diversity. “I Hear America Singing” is a longer poem. No proof and no connection between sentences
In the poem, he states that he is waiting for the day that all men are treated equally. Where? Prove!
Walt Whitman uses longer lines than Dickinson. Proof? Why?!
Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost share the common theme of isolation in their works. Dickinson drew from personal experience to convey her thoughts on isolationism. Throughout her life, she seldom left her house and visitors were scarce. In line five, Dickinson writes, “How dreary to be somebody!? (Dickinson 5). The speaker accepts isolation implying that to be a Nobody is a luxury compared to the dreary Somebodies. Unlike Dickinson, Frost did not lead an isolated life. However, this does not hinder his ability to write and express or understand isolation. In Frost’s poem, the speaker states that he has “been one acquainted with the night” (Frost 1). By using the word acquainted, it leads the reader to believe that the night is the speaker’s friend and that the speaker spends a lot of time alone at night. Later in the poem, the speaker says, “I have passed by the watchmen on this beat/And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain” (Frost 5-6). The speakers’ inability to interact with other humans forces him to be isolated. Instead of going out of his way to interact with other humans, the speaker continues to walk alone, accepting his isolation. While there is some difference in Dickenson’s and Frost’s approach to the theme of isolationism, they both express a positive view point.
Contrasting poetic forms by Dickinson and Frost help to express their similar outlooks on isolationism.
If anywhere, where could additional textual support be added to this paragraph?
Hughes, Langston. “I, Too.” 101 Great American Poems. Mineola: Dover, 1998. Print.
Crossby Langston HughesMy old man's a white old manAnd my old mother's black.If ever I cursed my white old manI take my curses back.If ever I cursed my black old motherAnd wished she were in hell,I'm sorry for that evil wishAnd now I wish her wellMy old man died in a fine big house.My ma died in a shack.I wonder were I'm going to die,Being neither white nor black?
“Cross” by Langston Hughes is an apparently simple, very powerful poem. I actually witnessed it change a man’s life one night. One of my students, a twenty-something in a two-year college freshman English class back in the late ‘70's, was a very white Southern mountain boy who did not want to be in the class at all and wasn’t shy about letting me know it. I read this poem to the class, and during the discussion afterward, he said, in a gently stunned voice, “I never understood before.” He didn’t want to elaborate, and I didn’t press him, but he was different after that night. He no longer resisted learning, and showed himself as likable. I taught him again some time later in a sophomore lit class, and the transformation had held. Honestly, I do not know what about the poem affected him so, but I rejoice that it did. And while I’m being honest here, let me add I do not know why I chose to teach that poem that night. Excessively afraid of conflict at the time, I had always avoided presenting lit with racial issues whenever possible, and in an anthology course where the instructor picks and chooses, it was almost always possible. Two people were changed that night: my student–and me.