1. For the poems "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman and "324" by Emily Dickinson, brainstorm a list of three important similarities and three important differences in their topics, attitudes, and use of poetic devices.


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"When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman is a lyric poem with a single stanza of eight lines. its main theme is to to understand the wonder of the universe, one must view it through the lens of the unaided eye rather than the lens of the calibrated telescope in order see a glimmer of its meaning.Emily Dickinson's poem number 324, is clearly an anti-puritanical poem, following in the tradition of Walt Whitman's liberated verse and Emerson's ideology. It criticizes the church as she saw it.

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