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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman is possibly one of the best examples of an artist who drew no distinctions between art and culture. To Whitman art is culture, and culture is history. His role as an artist must then be intrinsically manifesting himself as a representative of the America masses, or express himself as America personified. He saw democracy as an inseparable attribute of Americaness. However, the America he lived in was desperately fractured amongst differing factions with different opinions on the definition of “democracy”....   [tags: Walt Whitman on Democracy ]
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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman - Through the use of simple diction, Whitman is able to traverse both time and distance and connect with his readers as so few other poets can. His mastery of verbiage draws readers into the poem, as few other poets can. In “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” Whitman creates a vignette into the Brooklyn of the past, and he connects it to the present, though in surprising ways. The omnipresence of Whitman allows the reader to envision themselves into the settings he created- and to interpret them into modern language....   [tags: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Walt Whitman ] 868 words
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Walt Whitman as a Voice for the People - Walt Whitman as a Voice for the People "The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as much as he absorbs his country." This brilliant quote from Walt Whitman thus ends his preface to Leaves of Grass, and thereafter begins the poem "Song of Myself." To many, upon their first reading, this was a crude, shocking and distasteful piece of work. but to me...this was a celebration of life. And not just a celebration of his own life, but of every life, of the American life. Walt Whitman is the "voice of the people" and this I believe because, while he did write of things that were not seen as aesthetically beautiful by many...including homosexuality, loneliness, and death....   [tags: Walt Whitman Essays] 1192 words
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Walt Whitman's Relation to the Romantic Period - The time of Romanticism brought upon many trends extending from the idea of individualism as a rebellious separation from the classics, an idealistic outlook and finally to a strong religious base. Most of the writers of the Romantic period followed Pantheism "God is everything and everything is God ... the world is either identical with God or in some way a self-expression of his nature" (Owen 1971: 74). The idea of Pantheism was that everything in the world worked in unity. In some of the works of the Romantic period the expression of nature and humans are not separate entities, but one in the same....   [tags: Romanticism and Walt Whitman]
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Walt Whitman's Influence on Germany - Walt Whitman's Influence on Germany Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is considered to be one of the greatest American poets of the nineteenth century. While Edgar Allan Poe may have been more widely read, Whitman had more international writers actively respond to him and his poetry than any other American poet. A century after his death, writers around the world are still in dialogue with him, pondering the questions he posed, arguing with him and elaborating on his insights. People have been attracted to Whitman for numerous reasons....   [tags: Walt Whitman Germany Poetry Poets Essays]
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American Influences of Walt Whitman - American Influences of Walt Whitman In his poems and life, Walt Whitman celebrated the human spirit and the human body. He sang the praises of democracy and marveled at the technological advances of his era. His direct poetic style shocked many of his contemporaries. This style, for which Whitman is famous, is in direct relation to several major American cultural developments. The development of American dictionaries, the growth of baseball, the evolution of Native American policy, and the development of photography all played a part and became essential components of Whitman’s poetry....   [tags: Walt Whitman Writers Poems Poetry Essays]
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Walt Whitman’s Children of Adam - Walt Whitman’s "Children of Adam" Walt Whitman will forever live in the minds of individuals as one of America’s greatest poets. People in America and all over the world continue to read and treasure his poetry. He was an original thinker, contributing new modern styles to poetry. He was unafraid of controversy and uninhibited by what others may think of him. He created his own path in poetry, as he describes himself in an anonymous review of his poetry: "But there exists no book or fragment of a book which can have given the hint to them" (Whitman)....   [tags: Walt Whitman Children Adam Essays]
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Disparate Objects in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass - Reconciling Disparate Objects in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman begins this excerpt from Leaves of Grass by describing an elusive 'this': "This is the meal pleasantly set . . . . this is the meat and drink for natural hunger." These two clauses that are set next to each other describe 'this' as very different things. "A meal pleasantly set," evokes a quiet table in a genteel household. In contrast, "the meat and drink for natural hunger," recalls a more rugged table at which the food will be consumed after strenuous activity....   [tags: Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass] 598 words
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Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps - Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps - The Personal Record of Whitman’s Wartime Experiences Walt Whitman is one of America’s most popular and most influential poets. The first edition of Whitman’s well-known Leaves of Grass first appeared in July of the poet’s thirty-sixth year. A subsequent edition of Leaves of Grass (of which there were many) incorporated a collection of Whitman’s poems that had been offered readers in 1865. The sequence added for the 1867 edition was Drum-Taps, which poetically recounts the author’s experiences of the American Civil War....   [tags: Walt Whitman Drum-Taps Essays]
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Carl Sandburg and How He was Influenced by Walt Whitman - Carl Sandburg and How He was Influenced by Walt Whitman Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman had very similar lives. They both came from working class families and neither one of them went to high school or graduated college. They learned from watching people and by reading books on their own. They both had a certain sense for the world that made them able to see what was going on around them and grasp its significance. Although Whitman was born sixty years before Sandburg there were still a lot of the same things happening in America and they both picked up on one important factor of the time, that of the average working class man....   [tags: Carl Sandburg Walt Whitman Essays]
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Walt Whitman and the Civil War - Walt Whitman is a famous poet in American history and the founder of free style of writing poem. He was well-known with his work of Leaves of Grass and Drum-Taps. Walt Whitman was inspired to write poems about Civil War and changed his style of writing after experiencing the horrible result of the war. Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, Long Island, on May 31, 1819. He is the second son of eight siblings in the family. In his early life, Whitman received a formal education until age of 11 because he needed to help his father to support the big family....   [tags: american history, poet, drum-taps]
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The Life and Works of Walt Whitman - Poets write various styles of poetry. They use their own personal experiences, ideas, and creativity. Walt Whitman used all of these styles in his writings. He had experienced trials and tribulations throughout his whole life. Whitman did a lot of moving during his childhood, and that probably caused his personality to be neurotic. There are a lot of things that he has done to change the writings of future poets’. Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in Long Island, New York. He was the second son of Walter Whitman and Louisa Van Velsor....   [tags: Biography] 917 words
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Song of Mysel BY Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman was a man who has inspired and touched the lives of many people. Many have argued that Whitman is the most influential poet of America. He was born in New York into a working class family, on May 31, 1819. Walt Whitman was named after his liberal father who admired Thomas Paine. Whitman respected his father, but never quite felt as if they were close. His mother on the other hand, he saw her as a light and they shared many different emotions with each other. Whitman loved living near the East River where he could ride the ferries back and forth to New York City....   [tags: cosmology, death, hospitals]
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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman - ... He tells of the diverse positions people have. No person is out of place or does not belong; each person has a part in society. “Whoever degrades another degrades me” (210). He asserts that he suits these people and that these people come to encompass his own self. Corley further depicts this assertion in saying, “Whitman defends the rights of all members of American society to equal participation in the community.” Everyone is profoundly cut from the same cloth of humanity. Stella elicited inspiration from Whitman's poetry and portrayed it in his art....   [tags: democracy ideals, poem analysis] 2259 words
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The American Soldier and Walt Whitman - F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby sings the dirge of the illusions of the New World. The narrator Nick Carraway migrates from the American Midwest to New York to create a new life for himself; a life of prosperity, of happiness, and of independence. In other words, he moves to attain the American Dream. However, after observing the recklessness, the superficiality, the materialism, and the vice of those already living in New York, Nick realizes that the dream had been twisted into an ugly form....   [tags: Poetry, War, Poems] 537 words
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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman - In his first anthology of poems entitled “Song of Myself”, Walt Whitman reveals some of his views on democracy through the use of symbolism and free verse poetry. His use of symbolism and free verse poetry creates indeterminacy, giving the reader hints rather than answers about the nature of the poem. In the sixth part of “Song of Myself”, a child asks the narrator of the poem, “What is the grass?” (Whitman). Instead of simply giving an answer, the narrator cannot make up his mind, and stumbles on how to explain the grass to the child....   [tags: Song of Myself Essays] 1357 words
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The Life of Walt Whitman - The Life of Walt Whitman “Whitman seems to have had the theatrical flair of a con artist and the selfless dignity of a saint; the sensibility of an artist and the carefree spirit of a hobo; the blustery egotism of a braggart and the demure shyness of a shrinking violet.” (Holt Rine Hart and Winston 362). All these are statements make no sense at all but that was just how Whitman was. He wrote in ways you could never figure him out. He lived a life where he had to help his father support the family by getting a job instead of attending school....   [tags: American poet, journalist and essayist]
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Walt Whitman: Democracy At Play - In 1855, Walt Whitman, an influential American poet published his first edition of his collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, in which a controversial piece was included, “I Sing the Body Electric.” Whitman wrote the poem during the 19th century and pre civil war, within a free verse genre. Harold Bloom, an American critique and professor at Yale University, mentions in his book, Bloom’s How to Write about Walt Whitman, that equality is one of the central standards of the American society and that throughout most of Whitman’s life, “America struggled to fulfill the promise of equality for all” (Bloom 107)....   [tags: Poetry]
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Walt Whitman: An Omnisexual Poet - The homosexual themes displayed in Walt Whitman’s works, especially in his most famous collection of poems Leaves of Grass, raise the question of his own sexuality. Many of his poems depicted affection and sexuality in a simple, personal manner, causing nineteenth century Americans to view them as pornographic and obscene. Based on this poetry, Whitman is usually assumed to be homosexual, or at least bisexual. However, this assumption does not account for major influences of his writing such as the shift from transcendentalism to realism and the American Civil War....   [tags: Leaves of Grass, homosexual, bisexual]
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Walt Whitman: The American Poet - Walt Whitman was arguable one of the most influential poets during the Civil War era. Though never directly involved in war, Whitman was able to talk about the war in a more insightful way than many poets at the time could. Whitman was most active in writing during the times before and after the war, choosing to dedicate himself to helping wounded soldiers during the war instead. Walt Whitman’s poetry reflects the progression of his philosophy of America: his initial view of America was uplifting, represented in his Pre-Civil war poems and while the Civil War poetry presents the degradation of American society, Whitman’s final poetry returns to a realistic, optimistic view for America....   [tags: American Literature ]
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The Poetry of Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. Whitman grew up in New York and was a member of a large family, having eight siblings. Only four of these siblings lived to adulthood. His father was an alcoholic, which led to Whitman becoming more like a father-figure than a brother to his siblings. Whitman quit school at the age of eleven. He then worked as a journalist, as a carpenter, as a teacher, and as an editor before focusing on poetry. Whitman is most well-known for his book of poems, Leaves of Grass....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Walt Whitman's Song of Myself - In one of the sections from the poem, “Song of Myself” Walt Whitman starts out with a child asking a question, “What is the grass?” Grass is a symbol of life. God, who created both the heavens and the earth also gave birth to life. When Whitman refers to grass as a “handkerchief of the Lord” (7), as a gift. When people look at the grass, they do not think of it as a creation but rather just a plant. Whitman refers to the grass as “a child, the produced babe of vegetation” (11, 12). Here, the grass is a metaphor for the birth of a child....   [tags: Song of Myself Essays] 720 words
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Walt Whitman's Life and Accomplishments - Born in Long Island, New York on May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman was the second of nine children born into a Democratic family (Benka). By eleven, Whitman ended his formal education and sought employment to financially support his family (Benka). He was able to acquire a job as an apprentice on the Long Island Patriot, where he was exposed to the printing trade and was able to discover his own style of writing (Benka). At age fourteen, Whitman was able to expand his knowledge of writing by working under the Patriot’s foreman editor William Hartshorne (Hall)....   [tags: civil war, leaves of grass, democratic family]
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Biography of Walt Whitman - Thesis I. Walt Whitman is an American poet, journalist, and essayist whose Versace collection Leaves of Grass is a landmark in the history of American literature. Introduction II. He was born to a family that settled in North America in the first half of the 17th century. Also his family had owned a large tract of land. Therefore his family didn’t have it all they were not poor either. They were an average family. Body Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills Long Island N.Y... In 1823 they moved to Brooklyn....   [tags: poet, journalist, work, literature] 580 words
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Walt Whitman: Poetic Realist - Walt Whitman – Poetic Realist Walt Whitman, one of the great American poets of the 19th and 20th centuries, was inspired to further his passion and talent for writing by what some would refer to as a call to action, by the writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson, known in his time as an “American Transcendentalist” writer, called poets of the mid 1800s into action with his essay entitled: “The Poet.” The fact that Walt Whitman, considered a realist poet, was inspired in part by this transcendentalist perfectly illustrates the constant progression of literary styles of that time....   [tags: transcendentalism, poetic analysis]
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Walt Whitman and Hanshan - Poems by Walt Whitman and Hanshan feature strong enlightenment ideals and prevalent references to nature as a way to achieve these ideals. Though the two men lived in very different times, their works carry similar messages. Following the path to enlightenment generally refers to the Buddhist Eightfold Path, though it has been adapted over time to refer to the state of understanding a person reaches, both of oneself and his or her surroundings, as well as of that beyond what can be sensed. Relying solely on one’s talents and denying society and worldly possessions are typically seen as characteristics of an enlightened person, as seen in the writings of both Whitman and Hanshan....   [tags: enlightment ideals poetry] 531 words
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‘America’ by Walt Whitman. - Walt Whitman is arguably America’s most influential poet in history. Born Walter Whitman in May 31st, 1819 to Walter Whitman and Louisa van Velsor, he was immediately nicknamed ‘Walt’ to distinguish him from his father. He came to life in West Hills on the famous Long Island, the second of nine children that grew up in Brooklyn. He came to be fondly known as ‘the Bard of Democracy’, mainly because that was a main message in his work. He is also celebrated as ‘the father of the free verse’. He was a liberal thinker and was vehemently against slavery, although later on he was against the abolitionists because, according to him, they were anti-democracy....   [tags: Poet, Poetic Analysis, History of Poem]
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‘America’ by Walt Whitman. - Thesis statement When you look back, no American author is more influencing then Walt Whitman. He is celebrated as the father of free verse. We are going to take a look at just one poem and I hope you are as influenced as I am about this poem. It is called America. Whitman is deemed to be a successor to Shakespeare and Virgil. He arose from the Long Island and grew up in Brooklyn where he a small amount of formal education. During his life, he worked as a printer, editor, schoolteacher, and reporter....   [tags: History of Poem, Poet, Poetic Analysis]
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Ginsberg's Affinities with Whitman - Although a century apart, Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman share similar cultural, political and moral values, which they express in their literary work. Whitman's writing is considered controversial for the 1800’s. He sets the stage for generations to come breaking way from the strict Victorian poetic tradition by writing in free verse. Ginsberg follows his footsteps, when composing “Howl" by writing in long prose like lines and subdividing the poem into several parts. Likewise, he uses numerous repetitions to achieve rhythmicity of his verse....   [tags: Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, values]
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Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman - Classic journalist and poet, Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York. His family financial background was of a meek proportion in comparison to its large size. Whitman’s commitment to the family catapulted him into employment at a very young age depriving him of a formal education in his adolescent years. The absence of a formal education was not a hindrance for the young Whitman; his self-education through reading and exploration of the written word eventually led him to his first teaching post at the very young age of seventeen, an unacceptable happening in todays 21st century....   [tags: Melodic Notes, Poetic Analysis, Literature]
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Egalitarianism in The Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - ... He focuses on mainly slavery within the old days. He is against slavery and he places the setting at an auction. He describes the body of the black as if they are mere objects that might be of use. He argues about the inhumanity of it all. In section 8 of the poem it is based off the attraction of a woman attributes being sold at slave auction. This was suppose to be help the issue of slavery but only anced it on through society. “Walt Whitman felt that his poem would help repair a society that was quickly unraveling particularly in the turbulent slavery debate.”(juhjgu) the woman are described as if they are foreign and no different from the race....   [tags: body electric, poem, man, women] 955 words
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Walt Whitman's Life and Career Path - Born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, New York; Walter Whitman is considered one of the most influential poets in America. He is the second child of Walter and Louisa Whitman’s eight children. Walter was given the nickname Walt to distinguish him from his father. Walter started his life well off but had to sell his farmland; leaving the family struggling to regain some of their previous wealth. Walt often describes his childhood as nomadic and unhappy since he was being moved around for work opportunities for his father....   [tags: poet, published, imagery]
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President Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman - ... My Captain!,” Whitman not only displays his disappointment experienced over the “captain[’s]” death but also celebrates the President’s victories to preserve the Union. The poem begins with an exhilarating description of the elation in victory, “the prize we sought is won; / The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting”(2-3). This joyful mood accompanies the portrayal of a victory parade. However, the exhilaration quickly subsides into anguish as the the verse “[f]allen cold and dead” repeats and illustrates the permanence of these sacrifices that curse every victory....   [tags: O Captain, My Captain] 933 words
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Walt Whitman: Homoeroticism in Leaves of Grass - Leaves of Grass is Walt Whitman’s life legacy and at the same time the most praised and condemned book of poetry. Although fearful of social scorn, there are several poems in Leaves of Grass that are more explicit in showing the homoerotic imagery, whereas there are several subtle – should I say “implicit” – images woven into the fabric of the book. It is not strange, then, that he created many different identities in order to remain safe. What Whitman faced in writing his poetry was the difficulty in describing and resonating manly and homosexual love....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman - "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman Recurring Images and Motifs in "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" In the poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman, there are many recurring images and motifs that can be seen. Whitman develops these images throughout the course of the poem. The most dominant of these are the linear notion of time, playing roles, and nature. By examining these motifs and tracing their development, ones understanding of the poem becomes highly deepened. Whitman challenges the linear notion of time by connecting past with future....   [tags: Poem Poet Whitman Brooklyn Ferry Essays] 937 words
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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman - ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .] Tufts of straw, sands, fragments, Buoy'd hither from many moods, one contradicting another. (57-62) Whitman accepts his position among the sands, first observing himself ("Me and mine"), and then acknowledging the community that he lives in ("loose windrows"), and finally jotting down the ‘individual’ citizens of said-ambiguous community ("little corpses," "sands," "fragments"). "As I Ebb'd" finishes on a positive and reassuring note with Whitman discovering a contemporary democracy: the unfinished line that started in the beginning of line 57 is finished with the declaration, "we too lie in drifts [....   [tags: poetry analysis] 916 words
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Whitman's Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking - Whitman's Poem "Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking," is not, at first glance, an obvious love poem. Most readers would probably consider this a tragic poem about death and love lost. In spite of the fact that the poem is about intrinsically sorrowful events, or perhaps because of it, Whitman is able to capture a very unique and poignant portrayal of love. There are three major perspectives to examine how Whitman develops the theme of love in Out of the Cradle, and by examining each reoccurring theme in the poem separately, we can come to a more complete understanding of how they work together to communicate Whitman's message about love....   [tags: Walt Whitman] 1488 words
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The Spider and Soul in Walt Whitman's A Noiseless Patient Spider - The Spider and Soul in Walt Whitman's A Noiseless Patient Spider Works Cited Not Included In “A Noiseless Patient Spider”, Walt Whitman compares the images of a spider creating a web to catch its prey to his own soul. In the first stanza, he describes the spider creating its web. In the second stanza, he begins to describe his own soul searching for something it needs. Throughout the poem, Whitman is relating the spider to the human soul by showing how both would pursue and capture what they need to continue to exist in this life....   [tags: Poetry Analysis Whitman Essays Papers] 1271 words
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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman In the twentieth century, the name Walt Whitman has been synonymous with poetry. Whitman's most celebrated work, Leaves of Grass, was the only book he ever wrote, and he took a lifetime to write it. A large assortment of poems, it is one of the most widely criticized works in literature, and one of the most loved works as well. Whitman was unmarried and childless, and it has been noted that Leaves of Grass consumed him greatly; James E. Miller Jr. writes: "…he guided his poetic offspring through an uncertain, hesitant childhood, a lusty young manhood, and a serene old age…it is difficult to write the life of Whitman without writing instead of the...   [tags: Papers] 1244 words
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The Utopian Vision of America, According to Walt Whitman - Introduction What makes an individual an American is a question that has been asked time and again in many literatures. Some become Americans by birth, nationalization and other methods. However, there is still a question that has yet to be asked, would sharing the same vision and dream for America make one an American whether or not they live in America. In this research paper, the learner attends to this question by taking a keen look at the utopian vision of America through the eyes of Walt Whitman....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Walt Whitman: A Strong Minded and Anxious American Author - ... Walt had an older brother, but he was in the army, so they couldn’t talk as much. He attended a public school in Brooklyn, with that being said, he didn’t have time to let anyone break his focus. Walt’s guardians often took him to see plays by William Shakespeare, because he always talked about being an editor or poet. William Shakespeare was a great influence on Walt, he learned that it took patience, respect, integrity, and being out and away from home very often. Whitman took in everything that he learned except the fact that he didn’t get away from the house a lot, he just stayed and wrote about his life, his parents, and the world he grew up in....   [tags: influential writers] 707 words
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A True Patriot: Walt Whitman - A True Patriot: Walt Whitman When one talks of great American Poets, if the person has any since of intelligence, then they can in now way fail to mention Walt Whitman. Whitman is unmistakingly a great American poet, So great, that Ralph Waldo Emerson said that he was an “American Shakespeare” (Tucker 247). While the debate still goes on about that comment, there is no debate about the greatness of Whitman. Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, NY on May 31, 1819 on Long Island. He was the second of nine children....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Religion in Walt Whitman's Literature - Religion in Walt Whitman's Literature "Why should I pray. Why should I venerate and be ceremonious?……I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones." (pg 40)Nature and all of her wondrous facets, especially the human body, was Whitman's religion. Walt Whitman was indeed an intensely spiritual man in his own unconventional way. His epic classic "Song of Myself" demonstrates these attitudes of his, and in his view how the proverbial "poet" of his America should believe. Humanity yearns for spiritual fulfillment and Whitman believed that everything around us and even ourselves were walking testaments to what true ethereal life is....   [tags: Papers] 979 words
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Walt Whitman's Song of Myself - Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' is, on the most basic descriptive level, a really long poem. Whitman is clearly a poet with a lot to say, or at least with a lot of different ways to say it. He meanders from the micro to the macro, from atoms to the whole earth. There are obviously myriad ways to explain what the poem is about, and myriad 'keys' to its true meaning. In what became Section 6 of the final edition (lines 90-121 of the 1855 edition ) Whitman himself addresses this sort of 'meta-question' of interpretation....   [tags: Song of Myself Essays] 1767 words
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Comparing the Works of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman - In both Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman’s works, they emphasize some differences in their writing. In Dickinson’s works she shows that her works are short and simple poems, while Whitman’s poems and often long and complex. With Dickinson showing that her works are short and simple, while Whitman brings on a more sophisticated style, it truly shows that they use their own unique style of writing. In both Whitman and Dickinson works they have been known for being such unique artist and being original, while people try so hardly to impersonate their style, but they are unable to come close to accomplishing it....   [tags: poetry analysis, notorious American poets] 1325 words
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Walt Whitman's Song of Myself - Walt Whitman's Song of Myself This paper deals with Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" in relation to Julia Kristeva's theories of abjection--my paper does not point to abjection in the text, but rather the significance of the abscence of abjection. This abscence, looming and revolting, arises from Whitman's attemt to refigure a conception of sublimity which delimits the material which can trigger the sublime moment. Whitman's democracy of the sublime is inclusive of those figures on the American landscape, their lives and voices, which are functionalized into his world....   [tags: Song of Myself Essays] 3626 words
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Walt Whitman’s Sensual Language in Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass covers many facets of human love, including love of the physical body. Whitman’s book contains many poems that try to embrace the beauty of the human body instead of covering it up. Whitman describes the human form in close detail throughout Leaves of Grass, but one of his poems in particular is especially vivid in detail. In “Children of Adam”, the fourth book of Leaves of Grass, Whitman gives readers a celebratory look at the human form. “I Sing the Body Electric” is one poem in particular that demonstrates how Whitman celebrates the human body through descriptive language of love and the human form and by elevating the human form to something more than a sim...   [tags: poems, human body]
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Emotions in O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman - The poem, "O Captain. My Captain!" by Walt Whitman re-imagines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by using emotions filled with shock and regret of losing a father figure. Walt Whitman has a patriotic attitude towards this poem as he describes Abraham Lincoln and all that he did for America by using imagery to develop a scene similar to the reality. The poet conveys his deep admiration for the achievements of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman shares his form by using a physical way of laying out and his attitude through the use of sound devices such as the iambic meter and the use of amphibrach....   [tags: abraham lincoln assassination, patriotic attitude]
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The Life of Walt Whitman: An Exploration in the Poet's Spirituality and Works. - Many a student has decried various types of poetry for its form and structure while enjoying the free verse works of poets such as T. S. Elliot and Robert Frost. Students, however, frequently neglect the Civil War era poet Walt Whitman who is, to this day, considered the Father of free verse. While Whitman did not invent free verse, he secured its role in the American psyche. Even with his accomplishments, Whitman's life was not without trials; he concluded schooling and began working at age eleven....   [tags: Poetry]
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The Poem O Captain my Captain by Walt Whitman - ... The amphibrach that breaks lose from the iambic meter gives reader an idea of how important the captain is and the people who are anxiously waiting for his arrival after the captain's heroic battle. The sound device used by Whitman creates an atmosphere which manifests his attachment with Abraham Lincoln. Whitman effectively uses repetition to convey his sorrow feeling of losing a great heroic personality. "Fallen cold and dead" (Whitman, lines 4,12 and 20). The quote explains the regret of losing a man who the poet admired for so long and is now "fallen cold and dead." The poet is trying to deliver his painful and almost a heart-rending of a feeling to the reader by repeating the quote...   [tags: poet's joy and happiness] 867 words
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Identities and Transcendentalism in Song of Myself by Walt Whitman - ... He never comes out and says the I is himself but as a reader, this is what can be assumed. As you dig deeper and analyze this passage you can see that Whitman is stating that although he is reveling in his self, he also has an association with all people. He is no better of a person than anyone but also no worse. He is trying to convey the message that although we are not all the exact same person in this insanely large universe, if we look at our inner selves, we all feel. We all live. He is letting his readers know that just like them, he has felt pain, sorrow, joy, pleasure, etc....   [tags: Individuality, Poem]
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Choosing Sides in Walt Whitman's Song of Myself - “Song of Myself” is an attempt by Walt Whitman to become the “American poet” as described by Ralph Waldo Emerson; he attempts to be “[T]he sayer, the namer, and [representative] of beauty” (Emerson 1182). Whitman wants to speak to and for America. Whitman does not explicitly choose sides on the slavery debate that was raging at the time of his writing, but he does express the equality of all people, regardless of gender and race in “Song of Myself”. While Whitman’s writing can be read as neutral but “Song of Myself” is, in reality, very anti-slavery and pro-equality....   [tags: Song of Myself Essays] 1109 words
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The Sexual Nature of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - ... The intimate tone adopted by the poet throughout the poem, is more suited for denoting a dream, than an actual real life experience. The poet says, "You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh . . .you take of my beard, breast, hands, in return," This is a metaphorical allusion to a spiritual encounter than an actual incident, as these verses are too sexual to be denoting physical reality. Though, Whitman’s poems are known for their explicit sexual content and homoeroticism, these lines fit a spiritual encounter more than a physical relationship....   [tags: relationship, love, stranger] 1060 words
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Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer - Beauty is always in nature. It is express in many ways. In the poem “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman express the beauty in the stars. Just looking up in space gave him peace. Walt writes about the fascination of the stars. How the night sky can transform a situation. He writes experiencing this phenomenon first hand is better than having it told. In most cases, the real is better than the copy. The beauty of the experience is needed, and to see the real thing than what is told....   [tags: the expressive nature] 758 words
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I Sit and Look Out by Walt Whitman - Every historical period has its own hero of the time. It can be an active businessman or a sensitive aristocrat that fits the time best. In the poem I Sit and Look Out, Walt Whitman describes the horrors of the oppressive age he was living in. However, he does not try to change the situation and only "sits and look out". The question is whether being a spectator is enough to make the life of the oppressed better. The author is the mirror of the cruel 19th century reality, and this is a huge step towards democratization of the overall situation in the society....   [tags: civil war, darwinist ideas, oppressive age]
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Walt Whitman and Drumtaps - Walt Whitman and Drumtaps War is hell; there is no other way to put it. No matter how many times bards romanticize war and battle, there is that ultimate, inherent ugliness involved in the business of killing. There is no honor or heroism in dying for your country, you just die, it is a great tragedy and there is nothing you can do about it. Mortality is always present on both sides fighting the battle; there will continuously be casualties. Suffering, misery and destitution are constant whether on the march, sitting in the trench or charging across no man's land....   [tags: Papers] 885 words
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Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Long Island, New York. He was the second of six children. From 1825-1830, he attended public school in Brooklyn. After his years of education, Walt Whitman experimented with many different jobs. From 1836-1838, Whitman taught at several schools in Long Island. After teaching, Walt Whitman returned to printing and editing in New York. During this time he edited many papers such as the Aurora (daily newspaper), Evening Tattler, Brooklyn Weekly Freeman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the Brooklyn Times....   [tags: Papers] 898 words
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There Was a Child Went Forth and Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind - ... The following example explains that, “ His development is shown objectively by interlinked patterns of space, colors, passing time, and social phenomena; subjectively by his developing cognitive powers” (Aspiz). A child’s personality is determined by the nurturing they received and the physical/mental attributes of their parents. Each person determines how they will raise their own children. Whitman moves from emotions to doubt and then into resolution to reassure all doubts. There are many people with different genders and races that make up the world....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane]
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Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman According to the critics, Walt Whitman is one of America's most inspiring and imaginative poets. Taking ordinary thoughts, Whitman develops ingenious and beautiful stanzas that capture the attention of readers to this day. "Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul" (ThinkExist). Taking everyday moments, Whitman provides descriptive, yet intriguing ideas pertaining to the human soul. As many past authors, Whitman's life outside of being a writer was somewhat disruptive at times....   [tags: Poetry] 422 words
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An Analysis of Sing the Body Electric - A Celebration of Life “I Sing the Body Electric” is one of twelve poems that comprised the 1855 first edition of Walt Whitman’s self-published masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. Like other poems, especially “Song of Myself,” it is a celebration of life. It is hard to believe this classic was written during the Civil War era. A time historically riddled with slavery and injustice, of mass death and discord, as well as the expansion of industrialization, the movement out west and population growth. This 19th century classic defines an age-old problem....   [tags: Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass]
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William Stafford Vs Walt Whitman - Comparing Two Poets William Stafford's "Traveling Through the Dark" is beautifully written poem that expresses one of life's most challenging aspects. It is the story of a man's solitary struggle to deal with a tragic event that he encounters. Driving down a narrow mountain road, "Traveling Through the Dark," the narrator of the poem encounters a deer. This line might fool the reader into believing the poem has a happy theme; after all, a deer is a beautiful creature that most people associate with nature or freedom....   [tags: Traveling Dark Noiseless Spider Poem Comparison] 1338 words
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Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman In parting with traditional poetic formalities, Walt Whitman alleviated a burden that impeded his ability to achieve full poetic expression. To Whitman, the strict boundaries that formal meter, structure, and rhyme imposed set limits on his stylistic freedom. This is not to say that these limits prevented Whitman from conveying his themes. Rather, they presented a contradiction to which Whitman refused to conform. In Whitman’s eyes, to meet these formal guidelines one would also have to sacrifice the ability to express qualities and passion of living men....   [tags: Papers] 1373 words
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Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman was looked upon as the forerunner of 20th Century poetry, praising democracy, and becoming a proclaimed poet of American democracy. He was known as the "Son of Long Island," and he loved his country and everything about it. (Current, Williams, Freidel- page 292-293). Whitman lived during the time of the Civil War; a fact that increased his patriotism. Whitman was considered one of the most important American Poets of the 19th Century. (Encyclopedia of World Biography- page 249)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was born in a rural village on Long Island N.Y. on May, 31 1819. He went to school to five to six years, although he received most of his education from the literature he read. His first jobs consisted of being a printer and a school teacher. At the age of 27 he became editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, dismissed two years later because he had radically liberal views. In the early 1850’s he went back home to build houses with his father. Emerson believed Whitman wrote for the complete person, one that is willing to listen to one self....   [tags: essays research papers] 514 words
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Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman Walt Whitman lived from 1819 to 1892. He was one of ten children and was born on New York's Long Island. He worked as a printer, teacher and property speculator. In 1855 he published 13 poems in a collection entitled Leaves of Grass. Over the years, Whitman published fresh editions of this collection, the last one in 1892, each time adding many more poems - eventually it would contain hundreds of poems and some 10,500 lines, making Leaves of Grass the length of a good sized novel....   [tags: Papers] 814 words
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Walt Whitman - Through the history of the United States there have been a countless numbers of poets. With them came an equal number of writing styles. Certainly one of the most unique poets to write life's story through his own view of the world and with the ambition to do it was Walter Whitman. Greatly criticized by many readers of his work, Whitman was not a man to be deterred. Soon he would show the world that he had a voice, and that it spoke with a poet's words. Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever I choose....   [tags: essays research papers] 1610 words
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Walt Whitman's Writings - 1. "Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary… (Whitman 38) ." This line expresses Walt Whitman's philosophy on life and is an almost perfect description of the poet. He was a man, who in his poetry, expressed independence, interdependence with other living things, and the struggles that are dealt with by him and others in order to gain that independence. He felt and wrote that it is important to stand up for the things in which one believes in....   [tags: Papers] 1147 words
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Walt Whitman's Transition - Walt Whitman's Transition In any medium of art that is personal to the artist, a change in the artwork can represent a change in the artist. During a period of depression a musician may write heavier, less upbeat music, or a painter may shift to darker tones and more downcast themes. The medium of poetry certainly has the power to reflect the writer's moods and mental state, and the poetry of Walt Whitman's demonstrates this power. A comparison of "Song of Myself," one of Whitman's earlier poems, and "As I Ebb'd With the Ocean of Life," a poem from later in his career, reveals a great change in Whitman from a man of confidence and optimism to one of dissatisfaction and self-doubt....   [tags: Papers] 713 words
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Walt Whitman Changes the Face of Literature - Walt Whitman Changes the Face of Literature When Walt Whitman published the first edition of Leaves of Grass it was received with a wide variety of reactions. From critics to fellow poets the reactions to his first volume were often admiring, but also dubious. This pattern continued with each of the six editions of Leaves. Many wondered where this 36 year-old "poet of the people" came from. The very way he presented his first volume of poetry was controversial. Whitman presented himself in this self-published volume as, "Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a Kosmos, a Disorderly, fleshy and sensual".eating drinking and breeding." (2725) This style of self declaration was un...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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On The Beach At Night Alone By Walt Whitman - In “On the Beach at Night Alone,” Walt Whitman develops the idea that everyone has a connection with everything else, including nature. Whitman uses a variety of writing techniques to get his point across. First, the repetition and parallel structure that his poems contain reinforce the connection between everything in nature. The usage of “All” 11 times emphasizes the inclusion of everything in the universe. The sentence structure remains the same throughout the poem, without any drastic change; however, the length of the lines in the poem vary....   [tags: essays research papers] 359 words
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Walt Whitman Biography - Wonderful Causing Tears The ability to pinpoint the birth or beginning of the poet lifestyle is rare. It is rare for the observer as it is for the writer. The Walt Whitman poem “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” is looked at by most as just that. It is a documentation, of sorts, of his own paradigm shift. The realities of the world have therein matured his conceptual frameworks. In line 147 we read “Now in a moment I know what I am for, I awake.” This awakening is at the same time a death....   [tags: essays research papers] 1960 words
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Essay on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson - Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson In America’s history, there have been so many writers, but only few are known for changing the course of American literature. Two writers that fit this description are Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. These two poets have different styles of writing but possess the same themes from the social environment that they are surrounded in. The poetry reflects these poets’ personality and their own style of writing. Whitman had an outgoing personality, while Dickinson had a quiet and reserved approach to writing....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 984 words
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The Lincoln Assasination's Impact on Walt Whitman - The Lincoln Assasination's Impact on Walt Whitman On the night of the awful tragedy an unreal action occurred in the box at the theater. Watching was the greatest man of his time in the glory of the most stupendous success story in our history. He was the idolized chief of a nation already mighty, and a symbol to all of the grandeur of a great nation. Quick death was to come on the central figure of that company -- the central figure of the great and good men of the century. The shot heard around the country would not die in a whimper....   [tags: Papers] 1138 words
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Comparing Walt Whitman and Ralph Emerson - Comparing Walt Whitman and Ralph Emerson Walt Whitman is Jay Leno and Ralph Emerson is Ed Hall. Walt takes the instructions announced by Emerson and runs gallantly with them making beautiful and insightful poetry. Walt Whitman and Ralph Emerson spoke out in an age where society was not ready for such dramatic writers. Whitman uses several of Emerson's topics and styles to be that good poet. Whitman elaborates on the characteristics of a poet, freedom, children, and animals. In order to understand any comparison of the two author's one must first read and comprehend that Emerson's writing are clearly an instruction manual that Whitman adopts in order to become an outstanding poet....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1022 words
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