WHITMAN AND DICKINSON POEMS
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Walt Whitman biography
-Whitman put the living, breathing, sexual body at the center of most of his poetry.
-Whitman dropped out of school when he was 11, he wrote in a newspaper
-his writing was inspired by emotion of opera.
-he became the national poet of America
-he introduced the use of catalogs and listings; he put paper reviews of himself because he wanted to get attention
-not all of his poems are about love; for example the wound-dresser
What is the theme and tone of "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman?
Theme: Science distorts the beauty of the world and its boring; you can observe the beauty on your own in tranquility. It is best to observe nature directly.
Tone: tired and bored; toward the end of poem the tone shifts to awestruck, meditating
What is the theme and tone of "The Wound-Dresser" by Walt Whitman?
Theme: Consequences of Civil War out weigh the amount of help you can give to someone.
Tone towards subject: reflective, somber
Tone towards audience: advising
The speaker is very caring: he is a nurse taking care of the wounded soldiers.
What is the theme and tone of "From Drum Taps" by Walt Whitman?
Theme: Don't go about your daily life you must join the war
Tone: urgency and ruthless
Who eliminates inessential language & punctuation?
Who uses the dash to emphasize, to indicate a missing word or words, or to replace a comma or period?
Who uses identical rhyme (sane, insane) sparingly?
Who uses eye rhyme (though, through)?
-failure of identity
These theme's refer to which poet?
Who uses imperfect rhymes (time, thin)?
What is the theme and tone of "I cannot live with You" by Emily Dickinson?
Theme: impossible love; religion prevents them from being together; impossible star crossed love.
Tone: despair and anguish; at the end of poem despair is the only thing that will bring the two lovers together
What is the theme and tone of "I Felt a Funeral in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson?
Theme: horrible state of mind; depression, loss of sanity and loss of reason. She uses a lot of sound imagery to show this horrible state of mind.
Also a conceit is used throughout the poem to describe how the speaker feels.
Tone: depressing, negative tone words.
What is the theme and tone of "I Heard A Fly Buzz" by Emily Dickinson?
Theme: Death is something no one should fear; it should be a peaceful process. Death is the ultimate experience and eventually everyone is going to die.
Tone: The speaker's tone throughout the poem is calm and relaxed. Although the fly interrupts the last few moments of the of her life, the speaker continues to have a peaceful tone.
What is the theme and tone of "The Soul Selects her own Society" by Emily Dickinson?
Theme: A soul is a powerful thing that knows what it wants and who it wants to be, as soon as It makes these decisions it will not change its mind.
Tone: admiring its soul for being so independent and strong minded.
What is the theme and tone of " Some keep the Sabbath going to Church" by Emily Dickinson?
Theme: -God and Religion
-instead of going to church everyday you can have a good connection w/ god and already be in your own heaven.
Tone: (Subject) non-conformist
(Audience) to educate
What is the theme and tone of "After great pain, a formal feeling comes" by Emily Dickinson?
Theme: life always moves on even after traumas
Tone; reflection and resignation
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