Traditional Poet vs.. Free Verse Poet Emily Dickinson vs.. Landings Hughes Chula M. Thomas September 15, 2013 Stratford University Abstract This paper is comparing and contrasting two poets, a Traditional Poet vs.. Free Verse poet, Emily Dickinson vs.. Landings Hughes. Research includes samples from their poems, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” and “Dreams”. Comparing and contrasting the poets to show how different they are in their poetry. My purpose in comparing and contrasting these poets, Emily Dickinson and Landings

Hughes, is to depict out how different they are in their poetry. Emily Dickinson, in reading some of her poetry, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers”, I had to read it a couple of times before I could get a good understanding of what she was trying to say. Dickinson says ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’, she’s describing hope as a bird (1). Her rhyme scheme ABACA, and some carryover rhyming words (1). She used a lot of metaphors in this poem as well, Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. Emily Dickinson seemed a little down to me in her poems.

She seemed more depressed then down. In ‘Hope is the Thing with Feather’ she says the bird never offered her a crumb. It’s also stated that Dickinson sounds like she preached a lot in her poems also. They often were from Psalms or religious hymns (1). In reading more about Emily Dickinson, I think she contradicted herself with her religion also. Dickinson poetry criticizes God not by speaking out directly against him, but by detailing the suffering he causes and his various affronts to an individual’s sense of self (1). Landings Hughes,


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