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Leaves Of Grass

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...

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Individualism And The American Spirit In Leaves Of Grass Analysis

Individualism and the American Spirit in Leaves of Grass Who is a rebel? Is it someone who sky dives, a surgeon who does not prepare for his or her surgery, or even an entrepreneur? Walt Whitman was not a skydiver, surgeon, or an entrepreneur. He was a laborer, school teacher, journalist, nurse, and poet. Experiences from his various careers such as working as an office boy, nursing wounded soldiers, encouraging his students to think outside of the box, and editing at the New York Aurora all led...

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A look at what Walt Whitman was doing in 1855. Hobbies, stories he wrote, specifically Leaves of Grass.

Whitman in 1855 What was Walt doing at this time? Late in 1854, Whitman was working in carpentry. He is assumed to have started his writings for what would later be known, and published as Leaves of Grass in late 1854 or early 1855. One of his brothers once commented that Walt would get an idea while working, write it down, then take the rest of the day off. How did Walt get his book published? Allen contends that Walt probably sought out a commercial publisher to take his book at first, though...

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Song of Myself: Individuality and Free Verse

satisfying job), the spirit of innovation, individuality and progress remains unchanged. The father of free verse, and perhaps the American perspective of poetry, Walt Whitman embodies these values in his life and work. First published in 1855 in Leaves of Grass, "Song of Myself" is a vision of a symbolic "I" enraptured by the senses, vicariously embracing all people and places from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Sections 1 and 2, like the entirety of the piece, seek to reconcile the individual and...

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Walt Whitman's Lead into Modernism

impress with lexicological ability. His language bursts with the propensity of the information being conveyed. Whitman used language in powerful ways that many other poets could not. Take for example the ending to his poem, "Song of Myself," from Leaves of Grass: Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you. (Kaplan, 30) These lines, like much of Whitman, are odd and difficult to analyze and at the same time incredibly powerful...

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Leaves of Grass “Song of Myself”

Ralph Waldo Emerson decides to back him in his writing. Emerson’s letter to Whitman calling Leaves of Grass "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed" saved Whitman's self-published first edition from sinking into obscurity. Yet even more important, Emerson's work as a whole helped to prepare readers for the liberal, post-Christian spirituality that pervades Leaves of Grass. (Insert my source). Whitman wants to bring unity and understanding that everyone is equal...

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Walt Whitman: Sexuality Debate

allow’d the possibility of such construction as mention’d is terrible”. He insisted that Symonds accusations were “morbid inferences- wh’ are disavow’d by me & seem damnable.” “Calamus” mentioned above is a cluster of poems in his major work, Leaves of Grass, written by Whitman that mention the “manly love of comrades”. It is difficult for some biographers to understand why Whitman would write about lying in another man’s arms and then proceeding to call homosexuality “damnable”. Whitman was concerned...

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Walt Whitman's Free Verse

an expansion of syntactic parallelism and repetition. The catalogue expands beyond the frame of two to four coordinate clauses and it employs parallelism and repetition to build rhythm. (Donald, 2009) In the first two editions of Leaves Of Grass , Whitman constantly experimented with these three techniques creating a sense of a oracular, visionary speaker. His piece, Song Of Myself, being a long poem ensured the use of these techniques. (Donald, 2009) This excerpt from section 42 of...

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Breaking Bad Analysis

season five. The finale, "Gliding Over All", is titled after poem 271 of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, a book which is featured prominently in the series.[42] In previous seasons, Gale Boetticher had given Walt a copy of the book, which has been seen many times since.[43] Prior to giving this gift, Boetticher, an avid Whitman fan, recites "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer", one of the poems found in Leaves of Grass.[44] In the episode "Bullet Points", Hank finds the initials W.W. written in Boetticher's...

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Preface to Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman’s “1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass” and Captain John Smith’s “A Description of New England”: Parallel Visions of the American People and the Shaping of the Nation’s Identity Walt Whitman’s “1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass,” and Captain John Smith’s “A Description of New England,” articulate the visions each held of the American people, as well as demonstrate the interpersonal and physical facets necessary in fashioning an ideal nation. Composed over two centuries after the publishing...

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