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It could be said that Walt Whitman bridged the movements of the Romanticism that preceded him and the modernism that was to follow. In the spirit of Romanticism he wrote in praise of the beauty of nature, as in “O Magnet South,” “The Dalliance of the Eagles,” and “Germ.” He also championed the individual, as “Song of Myself” demonstrates so strikingly. His poetry shunned the classical emphasis on order and balance to the point of creating a style unique in his time. Yet many of Whitman’s poems move him some distance from the styles and objects of...
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