Document Type



English (Scripps)

Publication Date



American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Women's Studies


In this article, Walker argues that those who teach the poetry of Emily Dickinson should not only compare her to other recognized and lauded American poets, such as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore. This method offers no cultural context to provide ligature. It views high art as to be only about language and, on the score of tropological discourse, any two poets could be connected, even across vast expanses of time and distance. While it's useful for students to see how elements of her work connect her not only to some of these great American authors, it's also useful to compare her work to that of other American women poets in her time.

Rights Information

© 1993 Johns Hopkins University Press

Terms of Use & License Information

Terms of Use for work posted in Scholarship@Claremont.