The Theme of Mysticism in Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson’s Poetry


As mystic poets, Emily Dickinson and Whitman are the two very important and talented writers in the arena of American literature. Both of them are famous for their divine poetry. Emily Dickinson focused greatly on self-awareness as opposed to Walt Whitman who focused on nature. However, he is called a ‘Modern Christ’ but his dual nature is found in his poetry as he fused profound spirituality with an equally profound animality. In Emily Dickinson’s poetry perfection, lightness, boldness and a chaste refinement are found which signify her individualism. This paper highlights two of these transcendentalist poets’ similarity and disparity of views, their experience of personal life, their poetic style and diction.

Keywords: American Literature, Dickinson, Mystic Poets, Poetry, Whitman

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