Miss Em' and Walt and All the Rest of Us

Portrait: Emily Dickinson courtesy Poetry FoundationIt’s not a particularly fresh notion to say that Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson representPortrait: Walt Whitman courtesy Poetry Foundation a sort of yin and yang of American literature, or that they are the progenitors of the two main strands of American poetry’s DNA. Whether it’s true or not, the notion just seems to satisfy that human need to reduce complex issues to either/or propositions.

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