What did Whitman and Dickinson teach you?

Now that we are at the end of our course, I am curious, from the readings we have done, from all the poems that we have read, what is a lesson that either Whitman or Dickinson (or a lesson from each of them) taught you? While Dr. Scanlon was our professor for this course, I like to view both Whitman and Dickinson as our “Teacher Aides” or a “Co-Professor” in a way and I believe that their work does its own form of teaching. What did you learn from these poets? What is something you will take away from this course?


For me, I felt with Whitman and Dickinson this desire and urge to live unapologetically and I think that is what touched me the most.