Isolation in Poetry Essay

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Walt Whitman, a poet and journalist of the nineteenth century, is famous for his ability to see past the physical and write about themes that delve deep into the emotional. In his lyric poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” this fact is highlighted by his concise yet sublime description of isolation as felt by both the spider and reflective speaker. This particular theme of isolation is commonly utilized in writings of detective fiction, such as those by Edgar Allan Poe, to highlight the crazed emotional state of man as well as his fervor and ability, when provided with an enclosed space, to connect the dots and thereby come to a conclusion. In Walt Whitman’s poem, the effects of isolation in detective fiction are mirrored and manifested as …show more content…
In the genre of detective fiction, one of the effects of isolation in a story is that of deranged mental state as caused by a thoroughly affecting feeling of loneliness and self-pity. This psychological state in both the poem and in detective fiction is similar in the fact that the lonely feeling goes on to cause the one experiencing that feeling to think more in depth about the events happening in his life. While in the poem, the man contemplates his isolated soul in this universe and where his efforts will lead him in life, in detective fiction stories, the characters are typically led to contemplate any and all sorts of things, both sane and deranged. The feelings caused by isolation are important to the overall feel of each piece in which that theme is present. An example of this lies in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Due to the physiological changes that Dr. Jekyll undergoes, he begins to purposely isolate himself from the rest of the world. The author, Robert Louis Stevenson, effectively wrote the description of these instances in a way that evokes terror and distaste in the readers themselves. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the character by the name of Fortunato is walled up and begins to laugh menacingly even though he knows his death is imminent. The isolation experienced here and the effects it has on the character as

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