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Do you agree or disagree with the following statemnt about Walt Whitman's poem "Aboard at a Ship's Helm" and Emily Dickinson's "The Moon is distant from the Sea" ? Both "Aboard at a Ship's Helm" by...

Do you agree or disagree with the following statemnt about Walt Whitman's poem "Aboard at a Ship's Helm" and Emily Dickinson's "The Moon is distant from the Sea" ?

Both "Aboard at a Ship's Helm" by Whitman and "The Moon is distant from the Sea" by Emily Dickinson deal with finding a direction in life;however, Whitman sees the force for that direction as coming from an internal source, while Dickinson see it coming from an external one.

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I think that the idea of how Whitman sees something internal as guiding the vessel of the soul and how Dickinson sees this guidance as external in each poem is a valid assertion.  I think that both poets are able to convey the need for guidance.  Interpreting the subject matter of the boat and the relationship between the moon and the sea as a statement about the contours of the human soul, both poems and poets stress that there is a need to find someone to lead or to provide guidance in complex situations.  For Whitman, this does come from internally, in terms of the steersman holding his mission to guiding the boat with the...

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