Lesson 13: Journal Assignment

For this journal response you will provide a personal reaction to two poems from the lesson. You will choose one of Whitman’s poems and one of Dickinson’s poems. Provide a two paragraph response in which do the following:

  1. Identify one poem from each author and simply explain why those two poems stand out for you based on personal taste.

  2. Discuss the topics and themes of the two poems and explain how those topics would have been treated by poets (European or American) that preceded the new American poetic style shown by Dickinson.


  1. Identifies one poem from each author and provides personal reaction to them 

  2. Discusses how poets preceding Whitman and Dickinson would treat the same topics and themes presented within the poems chosen for discussion