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Essay Assignment #1: Whitman and Dickinson
People who choose to be alone are people who are battling with personal issues and they are not getting the relationship they need. Being alone for a long period of time is not a good idea, because it brings a sense of melancholy, which can cause one to not want to live. People also have the desire to be close and connect with other people. We have the need to be connected, so we can share our problems, laugh, and enjoy one’s company. Companionship means to maintain a strong stable relationship with a thing or being. Although people prefer to be alone, it has shown that Companionship is what we crave. Dickinson and Whitman had different styles of writing. Dickinson’s poems were short, had no titles and are often identified in first person view. In comparison Whitman poems style showed repetition, imagery, and paradoxes. In Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” and Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” both poems shows how refreshing it would be to find someone who could relate to them. Though both poems share different themes, but the most compelling ones’ are the dichotomy of loneliness and companionship.
In Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” She displays her sense of loneliness and her desire for companionship. In the first stanza Dickinson states “I’m Nobody!” Dickinson is separating herself from society. Choosing to be alone, but seeking companionship. Dickinson goes on to ask the reader “Who are you?” taking away the readers identity. When a person is usually asked a question of that extent, it essentially means you are then challenging one’s existence and their purpose of why they’re here. Dickinson continues in the following line “Are you- Nobody- too?” (167) inviting the reader to her world of loneliness. Within that line Dickinson shows determine she is to find someone who is a “Nobody” like herself. The third line when she states “Then there’s...