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What are some similarites and differences between Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and...

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nikki2fly | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM via web

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What are some similarites and differences between Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance"?

I actually already did my compare and contrast essay but it was a rough draft and my teacher said that I did not have enough information.

In my opinion I tried my best. I had a day to complete my final draft and I spent that day sick in the hospital. Now im just trying to finish this paper. A littile help will be much appreciated

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM (Answer #1)

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I would say that it would be appropriate to focus on the time period or literary movement in which both works are immersed.  Both works help to enhance the notion of self within literature.  The idea of exploring the subjective experience as a way of gaining more insight into the world around us is of vital importance to the movement, and something upon which both Whitman's work and Emerson's writing places emphasis.  Both works are part of a movement that praised and valued emotions and the emotional exploration of self as critical to understanding in the world.  This is not a literary movement that sought to explore objective truth through science or rationalism, but rather did so through the idea of self and what that entails.

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