Whitman and Dickinson Compared: The Power of Expansion and Contraction

Self-expression and self-identity are equivalent to Freedom and Liberty. Therefore, an American could consider writing poetry a patriotic act. At a time when the nation was falling apart over its struggle for the equality of men, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were translating their experience through poetry. Their ability to bear witness to their lives enriches our understanding of the issues that affected Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, and how men and women expressed those issues.

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