The poems of Whitman and Dickinson havecomparable elements of allusion, metaphors, and imagery. Notably,imaging entails the application of a visually descriptive language inliteral works whereas allusion aims at bringing something to the mindof an individual without necessarily having to mention it. On theother hand, metaphors are symbolizations of abstract things. Forinstance, in Dickinson’s poem, she compares the manner in whichpeople worship God, where she states that some observe the Sabbath bygoing to church whereas she does it her way by staying at home (Baym& Levine, 2012). In anotherinstance, the poet applies imagery, “With a Bobolink for aChorister” (Baym& Levine, 2012), where shesees no need for choirs in church gospels. In the rear, she gives anallusion whereby she expects the Christians to understand thatirrespective of their manner of praising God they will all meet inheaven. “So instead of getting to Heaven at last- I’m going, allalong” (Baym& Levine, 2012).
Conversely, Whitman’s poem is an expressionof the pleasure he derives from riding the ferry. Therefore, the poetapplies a metaphor (Baym& Levine, 2012) to comparehimself and the people of the future who will be commuting to work.Furthermore, he also displays the element of imagery whereby he seesthe distinctive attire for the residents of New York and he isfurther driven by the urge to know the backgrounds of each person(Baym& Levine, 2012). The poetfurther applies allusion to describe the encounters that peopleexperiences are unforgettable as they permanently lie within them(Baym& Levine, 2012).
Both poets were successful in conveying theirmessages, but Emily Dickinson is my favorite. She clearly defines thereal life dilemma of the manner in which we worship our creator.Whereas a significant percentage of the world’s population believesthat we worship God in church, she clearly underpins it that,everyone has the right to worship God in their way as to allow asense of complete spiritual commitment.
Baym, N., &Levine, R. S. (2012). TheNorton anthology of American literature.New York: W.W. Norton & Co.