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jwright13 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM via web

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I need help with a thesis statement on an essay about Walt Whitman as an American Romanticist writer. Can anyone advise me from the details below?

I am working on a essay about Walt Whitman and how he is an American Romanticism writer. The poems that I am using are "A Noiseless Patient Spider," "Crossing Brookly Ferry" and "Song of Myself."  I am showing how each of these poems show characteristics of the movement. 

 

 

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM (Answer #1)

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One suggestion based upon the theme in "A Noiseless Patient Spider"--which you will need to correlate to the other poems you are using to see if the ideas replicate or are applicable only to "Spider"--is that you might explore how Whitman's reverence for nature (or Nature) reveals the deeper psychological workings of Whitman's mind. In this poem, the deeper movements of psychological workings relate to the fate of his own soul:

Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

 

 

Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16158#sthash.XtuuxbsL.dpuf
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16158#sthash.XtuuxbsL.dpuf
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16158#sthash.XtuuxbsL.dpuf

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