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Similarities In Work By Emily Elizabeth Dikinson And David Herbert Lawrence

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Although Emily Elizabeth Dikinson and David Herbert Lawrence lived and wrote during two different times, and in different parts of the world, their poetry contains many similarities. At the time Dikinson was being laid to rest in Massachusetts, Lawrence was born in Nottingham, England. Also, along with the likenesses, they both have many differences. These affinities and dissimilarities can be seen in poems written by these authors dealing with snakes.The first disparities can be seen in the meter of these two poems. Lawrence writes his poem, Snake, in a free verse style, whereas Dikinson writes her untitled poem as she did many of her poems, in iambic tetrameter and trimeter. The meter of her poem shifts in every other line from four meters to three. "A narrow fellow in the grass, Occasionally rides;", exhibits this form of rhythm. Lawrence's free verse style is also a characteristic of many of his works. His poem contains no conventional style of meter, only alternating long and short lines which can also be witnessed in the structure of the poem.The rhythm and the structure of these two poems directly influence one another. Lawrence and his free verse style are reflected in the long and short lines in his poem, whereas Dikinson's structure is more of a conventional structure. Lawrence has no set number of lines per line or stanza. Dikinson, on the other hand, has four lines per stanza and although no set number of words in a line, the meter is repeated throughout the poem. Once again, we see two diverse styles from the two authors.When we examine rhyme patterns of the two poems, we begin to see similarities between the two authors. both authors seem to ignore a strict rhyme pattern. Lawrence appears to have absolutely no rhyme pattern what so ever which once again reflects his free verse style. Dikinson as well averts from using a strong rhyme pattern. Dikinson occasionally uses partial rhyming in her poem (for example "rides","is" and "sun","gone"), a device common among many poets of the following century. One might say that Dikinson's partial rhyming, and Lawrence's lack of effective rhyme might be to accommodate their strong word choice.Word choice is another strong similitude of the two poets. Dikinson and Lawrence use very similar word choice in their respective pieces. One of the first things that we notice with Dikinson's poem is that she never uses the word "snake". This can be traced to her attempt to personify...

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