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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Walt Whitman VERSUS Emily Dickinson

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Roald Dahl Vs. Walt Whitman), with a final score of 8-7, was Walt Whitman.

That was a nail-biter! Dahl has certainly fared pretty well, but so far in this 2nd edition of the Great Wednesday Compare, no one's been able to beat two consecutive wins. Last week, Dahl seem to beat out by Whitman's legacy. I think Dahl is perhaps a little too contemporary to know what his legacy will be. While I intend to familiarize myself more with his children's novels (for which he's better known), I encourage others to read his short stories for adults as well. "Lamb to the Slaughter" is a classic and just a few days ago I was introduced to the brilliant "The Way Up To Heaven" as well.

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. (April 29, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?


16 comments:

Bybee said...

This is easy. Emily Dickinson! You can't sing Walt Whitman poems to the tune of "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" or "The House Of The Rising Sun".

raidergirl3 said...

I will be Proud and Vote for the Woman: Dickinson

kookiejar said...

I agree with Bybee (although I've never tried to sing Dickinson)...

Emily all the way!!

raych said...

Going to have to go with batty old Emily. Didn't know you could sing her, though.

Nicole said...

What? Dahl didn't win? I despise Whitman.

Still, an easy choice for me at any rate. Dickinson has always been my favorite poet. She has my vote this week, and every future week that she is in the Compare.

Stephanie said...

Gotta go for Dickinson! She rocks!

Rob Hardy said...

Such a pleasure, these rare occasions when I can agree with Kookiejar! My vote, too, is for Emily Dickinson. For a real treat, read Billy Collins' poem "Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes."

pussreboots said...

Dickinson for her friendship and literary influence on Hawthorne.

BookGal said...

Easy one - Dickinson all the way!

Sam Houston said...

Dickinson for me, too.

Anonymous said...

Both remarkable, but Dickinson possessed the greater intellect. Pace Harold Bloom, ED was the greater poet, and of the American
line, the greatest to date.

Melanie said...

This is actually a bit hard for me -- I really like old Walt. But I adore Dickinson, so she's my pick this week.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going with Whitman on this one.

unfinishedperson said...

I am shocked so far by the votes. Emily Dickinson over Walt Whitman Whitman, the man responsible for "Leaves Of Grass". I wouldn't have picked a pen and tried my hand at poetry, if it hadn't been for old Walt.

unfinishedperson said...

So yes, my vote is for old Walt. I realized I might not have made that clear.

John Mutford said...

Voting has now closed.