Compare Emily Dickinson's poetry with Walt Whitman's.

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Even though both authors are the founders of New American Poetry, a movement which pulled away from the Romantic authors' strict structure, Whitman and Dickinson write very different poetry. While Whitman often writes in free verse with no standard meter or rhyme scheme, Dickinson follows rhyme patterns and usually a very strict meter (almost all of her poems--because of their meter--can be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island").

Another difference is that Whitman stresses an undeniable optimism in mankind.  He follows Emerson's view that man cAN be self-reliant and find answers within himself.  His "I Hear America Singing" praises the common worker. In contrast, Dickson's poetry is often very personal and discusses inner struggles. ...

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