Dickson vs Whitman
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June 15, 2011
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Although polar opposites in personality, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman created similar poetry. Dickinson's "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" and Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" share many qualities.
"Hope is a Thing with Feathers" and "O Captain! My Captain!" contains a similar scansion. Both have a predominantly iambic meter...
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Both have a predominantly iambic meter. The unaccented beat followed by the accented beat creates a rising meter. Each poem also contains notable exceptions to the iambic meter. In "Hope is a Thing with Feathers," the first line ?Hope is the thing' contains a trochee followed by an iamb. "O Captain! My Captain!" contains even more exceptions to the iambic meter...
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