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The Democratic Value of Whitman's Leaves of Grass

- Early reviews of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass evince an incipient awareness of the unifying and acutely democratic aspects of the poetry. An article in the November 13th, 1856, issue of the New York Daily Times describes the modest, self-published book of twelve seemingly formless poems: "As we read it again and again, and we will confess that we have returned to it often, a singular order seems to arise out of its chaotic verses" (2). The Daily Times's identification of "order" out of "chaos" in Leaves of Grass parallels America's theoretical declaration of e pluribus unum, one out of many—a uniquely democratic objective....   [tags: Whitman Leaves of Grass Essays]

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Whitman's Leaves of Grass: Democratic Themes

- Leaves of Grass: Democratic Themes When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer I Hear America Singing In his Preface to Leaves of Grass, Whitman states, “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem”. Whitman was the ultimate Transcendentalist/ Romantic. He united democratic themes and subject matter with free verse form. In Leaves of Grass, Whitman celebrates unity of all life and people. He embraces diversity of geography, culture, work, sexuality, and beliefs. Whitman’s impact solidifies American dreams of independence, freedom, and fulfillment, and transforms them for larger spiritual meaning....   [tags: Leaves of Grass Whitman]

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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]

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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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Walter Whitman 's Leaves Of Grass

- Nationality in Walter Whitman’s Leaves of Grass The glamorization of American opportunity created a great sense of nationalism which encouraged many to embrace ideas like manifest destiny. Walt Whitman was a poet living in the nineteenth century who wrote many poems which figuratively painted a picture portraying enrichment and opportunity in America, and the greater opportunity which could be achieved through traveling west. One compilation of poems entitled Leaves of Grass, was quite influential to those living in America and abroad, catching the eye of many opportunists seeking a better future for themselves....   [tags: Walt Whitman, United States, Nationalism]

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Summary Of ' Leaves Of Grass ' By Walt Whitman

- America during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s appeared to seemingly be a very controversial time. The experiences that American’s went through during this era heavily impacted the way they thought, wrote, and handled day-to-day life. For the poet, Walt Whitman, he was influenced to publish, “a volume containing twelve untitled poems along with an exuberant preface declaring his ambition to be the American bard” (Levine 1312). In his book, “Leaves of Grass,” Whitman’s preface gives truthful insight into the American life and culture, and recognizes that America symbolizes freedom for all and that we are equal....   [tags: Walt Whitman, United States, Ralph Waldo Emerson]

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Analysis Of ' Leaves Of Grass ' By Walt Whitman

- American poet, Walt Whitman explores the connection between the concept of the nation and the poet as a means of further establishing the national identity of the United States of America. The preface to his collection of poetry, entitled Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855 merely 79 years after the United States was founded acts as a reinforcement of nationalist sensibilities that work to define what the American is on a internal and international scale. Within this text Whitman creates an inventory of the attributes that are defining of the poet as an individual, emphasizing the positive qualities as being linked to their vocation....   [tags: United States, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson]

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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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Comparing The Battle Whitman And Post War Whitman

- Comparison of pre-war Whitman and post-war Whitman Walt Whitman is considered one of the famous American writers who lived in the 19th century. The author is primarily known for his poetry, and also best known for his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, which was published in 1855 as a collection of 12 poems. Whitman’s poems were different from those written during the era, and this is because they had a unique style, as well as a concentration of commonplace subjects. The use of commonplace subjects led to many people calling the author the “poet of democracy.” This paper compares Pre-war Whitman and Post-war Whitman....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Poetry]

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Egalitarianism in The Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

- Within Walt Whitman’s works he expresses his egalitarianism or belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, social, or economic life in his epic book called the leaves of grass. His strong point of view in the poem I Sing the Body Electric is expressed through sexuality, body attributes, political views. In the poem of I sing the body electric Walt Whitman expresses many qualities upon the body. It is as if he almost prizes them upon the glory that each attribute of a human being takes....   [tags: body electric, poem, man, women]

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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Leaves Of Grass And Song Of Myself

- Before Walt Whitman was ever a writer, he was a teacher. He was a teacher who was highly admired by his students. He tended to use methods that were nontraditional, and therefore were typically frowned upon by parents and other adults. However, this did not stop Whitman from expressing himself, and allowing Others to do the same, through his teaching. Whitman’s pedagogy as demonstrated in Leaves of Grass and Song of Myself, though seen as radical in his own time, is one that can be learned from and admired in today 's society....   [tags: Education, Teacher, Teaching, Walt Whitman]

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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]

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The Sexual Nature of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

- ‘To a stranger’ is a poem written by Walt Whitman, which was published as a part of the collection of his poems titled “Leaves of Grass”, in the year 1855. The sexual nature of the poems in this collection fuelled a great controversy at the time of its publication, and in 1865 he lost his government job as a result of the indecent behavior which his boss saw reflected in his works. In the “leaves of Grass” there is a separate cluster of poems called the “Calamus”, and “To A Stranger”, is a part of that cluster....   [tags: relationship, love, stranger]

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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Poem ' Song Of Myself

- Walt Whitman’s Religious Vision Embedded at the Heart of Leaves of Grass as seen through the poem, Song of Myself The poetry in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is specifically forceful. It was written at a time when Walt Whitman’s personal religious perspective was that he himself was a prophet as stated in his first poem “Song of Myself.” This poem appears in Whitman’s first book Leaves of Grass. Whitman says: “Divine am I and out, and I make holy water whatever I touch or am touched from; / The scent of these armpits is aroma finer than prayer; /This head is more than churches or bibles or creeds” (39).The poet’s deistic belief taught him with an appreciation and affection for this perspective...   [tags: Religion, Faith, Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass]

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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's ' Song Of Myself

- Walt Whitman is considered the foremost poet of American democracy of his time. Not only did he fully embrace it, but he believed that American democracy was more than a political system, but a way of life (Casale 48). Many of his personal experiences influenced his deep democratic point of view (48). As a volunteer at an army hospital during the American Civil War, he saw many die and became increasingly grateful for the opportunities provided by the American government (Mirsky). Later, as he was residing in New York City, Whitman witnessed America face urbanization....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself]

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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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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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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's ' Song Of Myself

- Darian Williams American Literature II Ms. Dalton July 3, 2016 Analysis Walt Whitman was a very influential poet in his time era. He was very in tune with the world, his surroundings and people which makes him a humanist of his time. The poem Song of Myself has very mystical and profound ideas in this poem in my opinion. It is the type of poem when you read once and read over and over again you will always find something new about it for years to come because it 's so intriguing. Whitman was somebody who was very struck by his experience in the civil war and his thoughts about the world which transferred into his writing....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass]

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Walt Whitman 's Poem From Song Of Myself And When I Heard The Learn 'd Astronomer

- Walt Whitman’s Understanding of Himself and his Philosophy About Life in “from Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” The poems “from Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” written by Walt Whitman demonstrate the poet’s understanding of himself and his philosophy regarding life. Through these poems, Whitman is able to express his beliefs and values. When he was a young man, Whitman became involved with the Democratic Party. In both of these poems, we are able to distinguish his strong association to this....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Poetry, Leaves of Grass]

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The Idea Of Self Or The Soul

- When discussing the concept of politics, many people’s thinking would not immediately jump to the idea of self or the soul, but would rather focus more intensely on the way we treat others, and the importance of small/large/no government systems. While both are of great importance to give thought to, philosophers Frederick Nietzsche and Walt Whitman challenge readers to think more closely about what exactly it means to possess a mentality of the self, and to examine the way it plays out in our everyday lives....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself]

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Is Self Reliance Right For You?

- Is Self Reliance Right for You. What is most confusing about Ralph Emerson’s Self-Reliance is his overwhelming selfishness. If everyone listened to Emerson’s writing, the world we live in wouldn’t even be possible because no one would work together and everyone would hate each other because they would not need them. The reliance on others is the only way to build a working society, but that does not mean Self-Reliant people are out of the picture in this world. Only certain people fall under the category of Self-Reliant and differ from Emerson’s harsh arguments....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass]

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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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Ideas of Gender and Domesticity in Leaves of Grass and Selected Emily Dickinson Poems

- Ideas of Gender and Domesticity in Leaves of Grass and Selected Emily Dickinson Poems Though both Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were highly self-reliant and individualistic, he found importance in the “frontiers” and believed the soul was only attainable through a physical connection with nature, whereas she chose to isolate and seclude herself from her community in order to focus solely on her writing. In this analysis, I will look at excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Emily Dickinson’s poems, “I’m ‘wife’— I’ve finished that”, “What mystery pervades a well!” and “I’ll tell you how the sun rose”, to contrast their representations of self-realization and domesticity and the...   [tags: Dickingson, Whitman, Poetry]

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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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A Man for the Cause: Whitman’s Beliefs on Human Equality

- A Man for the Cause The equality of all humans is still a topic that is discussed today in the United States. In the eighteenth century the equality of some humans was a topic that the privileged populace tended to ignore. During this time period a very select group of humans were allocated full rights, this group consisted of white male property owners. Neither women nor African Americans had full rights during this time period. Women would not gain the right to vote until 1920 and the African Americans until 1869, but even then they did not reap the rights that white men possessed(History.com Staff; ACLU Staff) ....   [tags: leaves of grass, males, females]

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Meaning and Texture of the Seventh Poem in Leaves of Grass

- Meaning and Texture of the Seventh Poem in Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman's seventh poem in his work, Leaves of Grass, displays the subtlety with which the poet is able to manipulate the reader's emotions. In this poem there are no particular emotional images, but the overall image painted by word choice and use of sounds is quite profound. This poem, like many others written by Walt Whitman, is somewhat somber in mood, but not morose. It is serious, but not to the point of gloom. Whitman writes concerning the general idea that everything is merged together and is one....   [tags: Leaves of Grass Essays]

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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's ' Of Grass And Don Delillo 's White Noise '

- Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Don DeLillo’s White Noise were written over a century apart. In that time there was a significant change in the mentality between what it was to be an American and how much of a person’s identity was a part of their nationality. Over time, the American people have created a more negative outlook on society. While Whitman remains more positive and proud of being an American, DeLillo has adapted a more cynical perspective. There are several poems from Walt Whitman’s collection of Leaves of Grass that portray his particular belief in the American identity....   [tags: United States, Walt Whitman, Don DeLillo]

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Analysis of Women Rights in Leaves of Grass

- ... While it is not a direct attack on women’s oppression nor a direct statement in support of their rights, on a scale of supportive to problematic, this passage falls near the center. One cannot yet label Whitman as a feminist but so far he has not proved to be a misogynist either. The first of Whitman’s slightly problematic comments on women comes in the next section of Song of Myself, section eight. In this section of the poem Whitman is observing all these events that are occurring around him....   [tags: reformers, privilege, equalizes, rights]

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Walt Whitman And His Work

- Walt Whitman, born in May of 1819, grew up with an affinity for America. Originally from Long Island, New York, Whitman moved to Brooklyn as a child in hopes that his father would find work in the city. However, when that did not happen, his father took Walt out of school in order for him to work and bring in an extra income. Whitman began his working career at age eleven by working in one of Brooklyn’s attorney offices. Shortly afterwards, he began getting involved in the printing business and fell in love with it....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman]

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Walt Whitman And The New York

- May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman was born to Walter Whitman and Louisa Van Velsor. Walt was the second son of nine children who lived in New York in the 1820’s and 1830’s. Between 1825 and 1830 Walt attended public school in Brooklyn while his family moved often within the city. At twelve Walt began to learn the trade of printing to then begin loving the written word. Whitman worked as a printer until the age of seventeen when a fire destroyed where he worked. In 1836 he began working as a school teacher in Long Island until 1841 when he became a full-time journalist....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, United States]

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Leaves of Grass: Unbridled Spiritual Realization by the Credulous Man

- Leaves of Grass: Unbridled Spiritual Realization by the Credulous Man In this excerpt of Leaves of Grass, Whitman seeks to develop an archetype of “the credulous man,” whose purpose is to represent the personal spirit that leads one to unrestricted faith. By connecting specific formal features, which range from a first person narrative voice to specific diction related to spirituality, Whitman develops a persona that calls to all audiences, linking them to this “credulous man” in a moderately religious context....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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A Discussion of The Wound-Dresser and Leaves of Grass

- A Discussion of The Wound-Dresser and Leaves of Grass During the late romantic period, two of history’s most profound poets, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, emerged providing a foundation for, and a transition into Modern poetry. In its original form, their poems lacked the characteristics commonly attributed to most romantic poets of the mid to late nineteenth century who tended to utilize “highly stylized verses, having formal structures, figurative language and adorned with symbols” (worksheet)....   [tags: Wound-Dresser Essays]

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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Movement Of Poetry

- In the mid to late eighteenth century, poetry started to change. Everything about it was beginning to change. At this time, poetry was not focused on the as many of the things that it is today. The ideas of sex and more risque feelings were not described or even mention in these poems. At this time poetry was still traditional, but there was one man who set out to chance that. Walt Whitman spearheaded the movement of poetry from a traditional viewpoint to a viewpoint where the reader would be able to get a deeper personal connection with the author, rather than just reading about love....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Poetry, Free verse, Abolitionism]

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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]

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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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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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Whitman's Music as a Means of Expression

- Whitman's Music as a Means of Expression In his verses, Walt Whitman eradicates divisions of individual entities while simultaneously celebrating their unique characteristics. All components of the universe are united in a metaphysical intercourse, and yet, are assigned very distinct qualities so as to keep their identities intact. Often times, Whitman demonstrates these conceptions through elements of song. “Walt Whitman caroled throughout his verse. For the Bard of Democracy, as America came to call our great poet, music was a central metaphor in his life and work, both as a mindset and as a practical reality.” (Hampson) His musical poetry lyrically encompasses themes of social equality...   [tags: Whitman Music Musical 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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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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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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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]

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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]

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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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Blue Highways, Leaves of Grass and the Parkdale Library

- Blue Highways, Leaves of Grass and the Parkdale Library I don't know what exactly I expected to find at the library that summer. Rows of gleaming shelves and neatly stacked books, probably. No sound but the humming of fluorescent lights and the thump of rubber stamps. The librarians would be demure types - soft-spoken and intellectual. I thought of the place itself as a sort of solemn temple to the written word. With these images in mind, I was startled by my first glimpse of the employees' workroom....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Wakefulness: Thoreau, Whitman, and Emerson

- “To be awake means to be alive”, and to be awake during the time of Romanticism meant one could witness literature as an intellectual achievement. Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Walt Whitman were three authors during this time that wrote about an idea that would later become the theme of many papers, discussions and lectures, Wakefulness. Though some may not have recognized the significance of these authors’ work at the time, their ideas and beliefs have captivated the minds of many people....   [tags: Romanticism, Individuality, Ideal Society]

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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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Whitman

- Biography. Born on May 31st 1819, died March 26th 1892. Born into a working class family, ended his formal education at age 11, would later say that most of his meaningful education came from outside the school house. Had apprenticeships at working-class newspapers also started his own newspaper, The Long Islander, though it later failed. Whitman's most famous work is the collection of Leaves of Grass, first published in 1955 at his own expense. In total there were 9 editions each addressing the citizens of the United States, urging them to be large and generous, a new race nurtured in political liberty, and possessed of united souls and bodies published during Whitman's life with each havin...   [tags: Biography]

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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]

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A Defense of Whitman

- A Defense of Whitman            Whether they have loved or loathed his poetry, each writer or critic who has encountered "Leaves of Grass" has had to come to some sort of reckoning with Walt Whitman. The Good Gray Poet, the grandfather of American poetry, has been deified by some and labeled a cultural and artistic barbarian by others. While Whitman freely admitted in his preface to the final publication of "Leaves of Grass" that the work was faulty and far from perfect, some critics see no redeeming qualities in Whitman's art....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Walter Whitman

- Walter Whitman “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars” (Whitman 41). Walter Whitman, also known as Walt Whitman, was born on May 31, 1819, in Long Island, New York, to Walter Whitman and Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. When he was twelve, Walt and his family settled in Brooklyn, up to then his family had lived in a dozen different places (Conarroe 4). Walt worked in many different positions; to some he was even viewed as a drifter. Walt was many different things; he worked as a carpenter and home builder, like his father, and apprentice printer, a school teacher, editor of several newspapers, including Brooklyn’s Daily Eagle, journalist, and writer....   [tags: Biography]

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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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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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Whitman and Homosexuality

- Whitman and Homosexuality While responses to Whitman's poetry have always been diverse in some ways, the interpretations of his homosexuality can be divided into three stages. In general terms, Whitman's earliest critics tried to deny Whitman's "deviance"; later critics accepted his homosexuality yet framed it as a marginalized truth; and contemporary critics have exploded in response to these years of oppression, outing Whitman in loud declarations of his intense feelings for men. In 1914, Basil de Selincourt in his work, Walt Whitman: A Critical Study, fights desperately against the homosexual innuendos and imagery in the "Calamus" poems, failing to name directly, in the process, th...   [tags: Papers]

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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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Whitman and Neruda as Grassroots Poets

- Whitman and Neruda as Grassroots Poets “The familial bond between the two poets [Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda] points not only to a much-needed reckoning of the affinity between the two hemispheres, but to a deeper need to establish a basis for an American identity: ‘roots,’ as Neruda referred to his fundamental link with Whitman” (Nolan 33). Both Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda have been referred to as poets of the people, although it is argued that Neruda with his city and country house, his extensive travels, and his political connections, was never really “one” of the mass....   [tags: Poet Poetry Poem Papers]

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Transcendentalism in the Poems of Whitman

- Transcendentalism in the Poems of Whitman       From looking at the titles of Walt Whitman's vast collection of poetry in Leaves of Grass one would be able to surmise that the great American poet wrote about many subjects -- expressing his ideas and thoughts about everything from religion to Abraham Lincoln. Quite the opposite is true, Walt Whitman wrote only about a single subject which was so powerful in the mind of the poet that it consumed him to the point that whatever he wrote echoed of that subject....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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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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Walter Whitman Research Paper Outline Draft

- ... Paragraph 2: At the age twelve he begin to learn how to do printing trade in New York City. He was taught in country part of New York on Long Island. Graduated from a high school in Long Island and become a journalist. Whitman really did not have a childhood he had to work and school to support the family. Paragraph 3: At the age twenty-three everyday he edited a daily newspaper in New York; in 1846 he became editor of Brooklyn Daily Eagle. At the same time he was a teacher and printer and doing the journals for the morning newspaper....   [tags: brief biography, transcendentalism, realism]

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Walt Whitman and War

- Walt Whitman was a revolutionary poet who let his emotions run free through his poetry. Whitman was never afraid to express himself no matter how inappropriate or offensive his emotions might have seemed at the time. This is why Whitman's poem still echo that same sentiment and emotion today almost as loudly as when the drums were first tapped. Life in its ever-evolving glory seems at times to be nothing more than a serious of random events that lead us from one place to another. It takes many years of grace and wisdom to see that life is much more than that....   [tags: American Literature]

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Walt Whitman and Transcendentalism

- Walt Whitman: Transcendentalism By the late 19th century, Walt Whitman had become positioned at the forefront of the American cultural lexicon. His poetry was at once brash, dissonant and resoundingly erotic. His raw, unabashed poetry flew in the face of the prevailing ideals of his time. Whitman's greatest literary accomplishment, Leaves of Grass, had set the ideas of divinity, the hierarchy of the holy trinity, and the ethereal perfection afforded these things into turmoil. What he did was take the theologian ideas of perfection and divinity and juxtaposed them onto mankind and the world around him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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walt whitman

- Walt Whitman Walt Whitman, born in 1819 to a family in Long Island, lived a very humble life before becoming a well known writer. He grew up in a community full of Quakers and followed religion very strictly as a child. Whitman loved reading the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson because he thought he related to Emerson’s ideas and theologies which closely corresponded to his own. At the age of 35, Whitman published his first book, Leaves of Grass, which was so successful that it appealed to other known poets worldwide....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was a follower of the two Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. He believed in Emerson and Thoreau’s Trascendentalist beliefs. Whitman believed that individualism stems from listening to one’s inner voice and that one’s life is guided by one’s intuition. The Transcendentalist centered on the divinity of each individual; but this divinity could be self-discovered only if the person had the independence of mind to do so. Whitman lent himself to this concept of independence....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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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]

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Walt Whitman

- Mysticism, Democracy, Individuality&Personality The 1881 publication of the Leaves of Grass contained more than twenty-four poems, which were reasonably filled with ten or more diversified types of themes. Walt Whitman the author and compiler of this exceptional work changed the status of poetry writing through his utilization of thought and expression in the publication of the Leaves of Grass. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a collogue and admirer of Walt once spoke this of him '…Whitman, that Sir, is a strange case, a case unknown to any of us, unless we should stumble upon him at church one day…';(Chase 142)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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Walter Whitman

- All Alone Walter Whitman was an American poet of the 1800’s. Walt was arguably one of America’s influential and innovative poets of his time. Whitman began work as a printer and journalist in the New York City area. He wrote articles on politics, civics, and the arts. During the Civil War, Whitman was a volunteer assistant in the military hospitals in Washington, D.C. After the war, he worked in several government departments until he suffered a stroke in 1873. He spent the rest of his life in Camden, N.J., where he continues to write poems and articles....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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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'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]

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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]

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Walt Whitman Proves that Greatness Comes in Many Ways, Shapes, and Forms

- ... Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, Long Island; to a working class family. He was the second of nine children. In his very young years of his life he grew up in New York. At that time it was still developing into a big city. Whitman had many jobs, he worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and on the side in addition to publishing his poetry he was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Later on in Whitman’s life he moved back to New York and became an editor....   [tags: poet, self-taught, literary hero]

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Dickinson Vs. Whitman

- Dickinson vs. Whitman After receiving five years of schooling, Walt Whitman spent four years learning the printing trade; Emily Dickinson returned home after receiving schooling to be with her family and never really had a job. Walt Whitman spent most of his time observing people and New York City. Dickinson rarely left her house and she didn't associate with many people other than her family. In this essay I will be comparing Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Emily Dickinson's life differs greatly from the life of Walt Whitman, although they lived during the same time period....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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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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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]

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Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself And I Sing The Body Electric

- After years of scrutiny and censorship, Walt Whitman described Leaves of Grass as “avowedly the song of Sex and Amativeness and even Animality” (qtd. in E. Miller). Throughout his poetry, Whitman often voiced controversial and revolutionary opinions in regards to sex, sexuality, and the human body, defying the conventional and traditional silence that surrounded those subjects during his life. Two of Whitman’s poems in particular, Song of Myself and I Sing the Body Electric, reflect these values, which have now become infamously accredited to both Walt Whitman and his poetry....   [tags: Human sexual behavior, Human sexuality]

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Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's A Man Who Shaped The Nation

- As this semester comes to a quick close I have learned about the lives of many authors, the works of many authors and the variety of impact that they had on the nation. American Literature has had many different impacts on America. The literature has shaped the lives of the American people from generation to generation. The literature has shared the lives of those long before and created traditions to be passed on from family to family. From learning of a woman who changed the idea of women in literature to reading about the life of a man who shaped the nation as president, American Literature has increased my knowledge of the nation that I call home....   [tags: United States, Abraham Lincoln]

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