Walt Whitman Essays

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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

  • Walt Whitman

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    In Walt Whitman's pastoral elegy, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", he successfully depicts how nature and citizens mourn Abraham Lincoln's death after his assassination in 1865. He flawlessly incorporates numerous poetic devices and methodically places them throughout his literary work. One of the poetic devices that he continues to use is parallelism. Walt Whitman's inclusion of parallelism contributes to the successful style of the poem by adding to the lyrical flow, creating emphasis

  • Walt Whitman

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    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

  • Walt Whitman

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    “A mass of stupid filth,” “a horrible sin,” “gross obscenity:” a few of the selective phrases used to describe Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Whitman’s collection of poetry evoked strong reactions from contemporary critics; he incites this uproar by delineating controversial subjects and dismantling poetic traditions of the 19th century. Amidst the overwhelmingly negative responses, there were critics who reviewed the poems objectively and even praised Whitman’s distinctive style. One of those critics

  • Walt Whitman

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    Poems are used to convey a strong message to the audience and reader. These poems conveyed the theme of sorrowness and death. An example of sorrowness in Walt Whitmans “O Captain! My Captain” is “Where on the deck my Captain lies / fallen cold and dead”(7-8), which means that the president is laying fallen and dead after the homecoming of the ship. An example of sorrowness in W.H. Auden’s “Elegy for JFK” is.“When a just man dies / lamentation and praise / sorrow and joy are one”(13-15). This quote

  • Walt Whitman Influences

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    brilliant individuals, it is undeniable that they were highly influenced by the great Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman was a bright American individual who consistently crossed the conservative boundaries with his excellent writing skills. Walter “Walt” was an American poet, essayist and journalist. He was a big part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism and both of his views were apparent in his works. Walt Whitman's work was very controversial for his time period, especially his great

  • Walt Whitman Attitudes

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    I Contain Multitudes: The Life and Work of Walt Whitman After its first publication in 1855, a notable friend of author Ralph Waldo Emerson described Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass as being “trashy, profane & obscene,” and derided the volume’s author as “a pretentious ass, without decency” (Kaplan 211). Equally harsh criticism came en masse from other platforms, as well, with The Saturday Press reportedly encouraging Whitman to take his life (Loving). Such pointed and vicious criticism beggars belief

  • Criticism Of Walt Whitman

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    Critique of Whitman’s Pedagogy (A critique of Walt Whitman’s themes and ideas in Song of Myself 6, 46, 47) Pedagogy is a teaching style that is used to help students learn. Teachers often have a unique pedagogy that they prefer to follow. Some teachers prefer to lecture, others model, some simply assign the work, and to each their own. “…there is some evidence of teachers abandoning formal pedagogies in favor of informal ones…” (Cain). Walt Whitman was no different; he preferred a hands on approach

  • Walt Whitman Biography

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    Martin Gutierrez Biography of Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was an essayist, a journalist, and one of America’s most powerful poets, often being called the father of free verse. His work was, however, sometimes controversial, because some saw it offensive for its sexuality. Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, New York. Whitman’s love of America was due to the way he was raised by his parents and their own love of their country. They gave three of his younger brother’s names such

  • Walt Whitman Essay

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    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

  • ‘America’ by Walt Whitman.

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    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

  • Walt Whitman Essay

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    that Walt Whitman was a homosexual based on the tone of his poetry writings. Frances Willard, a pioneer for women and education, also assumed homosexual based on her long term co-habitation relationships with women. Facts can be proven and textbooks should teach facts and leave interpretation and opinions to be discussed in the classroom. Teaching openness, interpretation, and the forming of an opinion is an important lesson for all to learn, but textbooks should only print facts. Walt Whitman wrote

  • Walt Whitman Poem

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    Walt Whitman’s poem Time to Come explores Whitman’s curiosity of what happens when people die. Rather than taking a pessimistic approach, his writing is more insightful about the experience. The title alone introduces an aspect of his purpose; to point out that dying is inevitable. With Whitman captures the reader’s attention and shares his curiosity with vivid images, sophisticated diction, and his use of metaphor and personification in Time to Come. The theme of Time to Come presents the mystery

  • Walt Whitman Essay

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    He used tetrameter, trimeter, dimeter, and monometer in a single poem. His works had lines of varying lengths. The innovative poet were experimenting with meter; therefore reinforcing it. But, Whitman put meter aside. He used the Book of Psalms and prophetic books as models for his free verse (22). “The freedom that America gives its citizens should be reflected in a freedom for its writers to write about what they want in any manner that they

  • Walt Whitman and Hanshan

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    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

  • Walt Whitman And Individualism

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    Walt Whitman was an an author of the transcendentalism period, and related a lot of work to the time period. His works, like the poem “Leaves of Grass”, are considered to be a landmark in the history of American literature (biography.com), talks about nature, and his poem, “Song of Myself”, talks about individualism, and how we are connected to each other. Both ideas are themes of the transcendentalism period. Walt Whitman’s life was characteristic of the time period in which he lived in (shmoop

  • Walt Whitman Analysis

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    Walt Whitman was a man that served as a nurse helping wounded soldiers in the Civil War. While he was there, he took what he saw and wrote them in his poems. Every aspect of each poem related to the time that he was in and he wrote about every experience and feeling he had about what he saw. Whitman had three themes that he used to focus all of his poems on and these themes were individuality, democracy, and freedom. With writing with these themes, Whitman could make an impact on what the reader

  • Biography of Walt Whitman

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    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

  • Walt Whitman and War

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    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

  • Walt Whitman Essay

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    reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere” (Whitman 33) is Walt Whitman’s first and one of his most popular works, Leaves of Grass. It was and still is very inspirational to many people including Ralph Waldo and many others after him. He had a major influence on modern free verse. Following a hard childhood in and around New York, Walter Whitman was well known and received in his time for Leaves of Grass which did not use the universal theme,