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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Emily Dickinson VERSUS Charlotte Brontë

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Walt Whitman Vs. Emily Dickinson), with a final score of 12-2, was Emily Dickinson.

2 votes for Whitman?! Had I voted, I certainly would have been on the losing team this week. While I'd not classify either as a favourite, I think Whitman more than Dickinson helped change the face of poetry. Certainly both were unconventional, but to me Whitman was more experimental and didn't seem as preoccupied with death.

Anyway, while I'm surprised at Whitman's crushing defeat, I'll move on. This week's contender is one that I haven't even read.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (May 6, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



19 comments:

Stephanie said...

Gotta go with Bronte this week. Hard to compare poets to novelists...but in the end, the novelist will always win out in my book!

Chris said...

Charlotte wrote quite a bit of poetry actually, although she isn't known for it.

It's Charlotte for me, dude!

kookiejar said...

Normally, I would agree with Stephanie and give the edge to the novelist every time, but Bronte puts me to sleep...and Emily has that darkness that I tend to prefer.

Dickinson this week.

Jen said...

I prefer Charlotte too, though admittedly I haven't read any Dickinson (or at least not to my recollection).

Rob Hardy said...

Charlotte Brontë (although since I discovered Anne's novels, C. has become my second-favorite Brontë sister). Jane Eyre is one of the greatest English novels of the 19th century, and it makes better television than Emily Dickinson's poetry. If you haven't seen the BBC version with Ruth Wilson and Tobey Stephens, do!

Nicola said...

Well I didn't vote last week since I'm not overly fond of poetry unless it is of the Shel Silverstein variety. I'll vote for Bronte because I love Jane Eyre. I've read it twice and plan on reading it again. Plus I watched a BBC adaptation when I was a kid and it hooked me on reading the classics.

Nicola said...

PS - just checked the bbc version I mentioned was the 1973 version.

pussreboots said...

Charlotte Brontë.

3M said...

Bronte!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Gonna have to go with Bronte on this one.

Bybee said...

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson.

You can't sing any of Bronte's work to "The Yellow Rose Of Texas", either.

thatsthebook said...

I would chose Bronte because I haven't read anything by Dickinson. and I should let you know I've tagged you for a meme.

Nicole said...

I love them both, so it is a hard choice. Still, I'm voting for Dickinson (and not just because I said I would.) Her works have made a huge impact on my life.

Bybee said...

I'll be unhappy if/when my girl loses, but the beauty part of it all is that there's the potential for a sister fight, right?

raidergirl3 said...

I'll vote for Bronte.

Teddy Rose said...

I vote Bronte, by a landslide!

Loni said...

I'm new to this blog. While reading through it I came across this very interesting survey. While I think Emily Dickinson was a brilliant poet, Jane Eyre will make me choose Charlotte Bronte without hesitation.

monster paperbag said...

I go for Emily Dickinson. Personal bias :P.

John Mutford said...

Ooops, sorry monster paperbag, the voting is now over for this one.