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Some people consider this poem to be the most influential poem. By the title, a person can infer about how Whitman celebrates individualism, one of the main themes of the the transcendentalism period, the period in which Whitman lived. In the poem, Whitman tries to make friends with anyone he sees. This is because the poem was written a few years prior to the Civil War outbreak, and Whitman had seen friendship as the only hope to restore the broken union. This poem became really popular due to the poem describing an ordinary American citizen, and his patriotism towards the country..
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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.
Even though Yeats was considered a patriot, “he deplored the hatred and bigotry of the Nationalist movement” This concern was new in the Modernism era. William was awarded the Nobel Prize for his artistic writing. “His significance today rests on his lyric achievement. His poetry, especially the volumes The Wild Swans at Coole (1919), Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921), The Tower (1928), The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), and Last Poems and Plays (1940), made him one of the outstanding and most influential twentieth-century poets writing in English”. (nobelprize.org) An Irish Foresees his Airmen is a short poem that was written to commemorate Robert Gregory, the son of Yeats Patron, Lady (Poetry for students).
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot is an extremely meaningful poem; it is one of Elliot’s best-known works and without a doubt a masterpiece (Hillis). T.S. Eliot introduces the poem with a quote from Dante's Inferno (XXVII.61-66), and with that sparks our curiosity. He then makes statements and questions that perhaps everyone has done, or will do at some point in life (Li-Cheng, pp.
The Overview of Robert Frost The 20th century was filled with poetry, and the poet of America that rose out of the others was Robert Frost. Frost was a poet that is best acknowledged for portraying nature in Vermont and New Hampshire at its finest and worst. Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874, and he died in Boston on January 29, 1963. Robert Frost had a sister named Jeanie Frost, a father named William Prescott Frost Junior, and a mother named Isabelle Moodle. Robert Frost, a highly renowned poet of the twentieth century, transcribed many poems, and is regarded as the most influential poet of the American literary world.
One of his poems in Leaves of Grass has carried out such great influence, singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey wrote a song called “Body Electric” which was based off loosely off the poem “I Sing The Body Electric.” “Whitman is an individualist. He represents the assertive, Jacksonian period of out national existence.”(Bliss) He is all around one of the most influential writers in American history, and it is simply due to the fact that he stood by his beliefs, despite the wanted/unwanted attention it sparked. He stayed true to his American poetic roots, and wrote about his experiences. Walt Whitman is a true American poet that will remain forever influential.
Living through the 1800’s, Whitman was exposed to a civil war that tore his country apart and aftermath that forever defined the U.S. These events influenced his poetry in that he wrote about the ideas that dealt with democracy and the bonds that connected man. In response to America’s new and ever-changing position in the world, Whitman also tried to develop a poetry that was uniquely American, while at the same time, striving to surpass the poets before him. The U.S poet Walt Whitman is considered one of the greatest poets of all time because he was one of the first to utilize free verse and praise the individual in a democratic society in his poetry collection, “Leaves of Grass”. When Whitman died in 1892, “Leaves of Grass” had since been re-written eight different times and had grown larger with every edition.
Whitman showed his love for his country and his allegiance to his president. One can deny that he is the greatest American poet, but no one can deny that he is a great American patriot. Works Cited Magill, Frank N. ed. Magill’s Critical Survey of Poetry. 7 vols.