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Leaves of Grass

American poet Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass caused an uproar when it was published in 1855. The poems were criticized for Whitman's departures from traditional poetic structure, and Whitman was...

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Whitman's preface to his first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass celebrates America (the United States) and the American poet. In the second paragraph to the preface, Whitman calls the U.S. itself...

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The speaker says that he is unable to answer the child, but in fact, he then launches into a series of metaphors, in which he imagines the grass as a number of things. First, he describes it as...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 9:19 am (UTC)

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Whitman is speaking to the general "you."  In an increasingly industrialized world, one in which people rarely contemplate the majesty and wonder of the natural world, he asks the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2007, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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"Song of Myself" is considered a transcendentalist work because it deals with the idea that a spiritual state can only be achieved through one's self and one's own intuition and not...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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The poem "Whispers of Heavenly Death" by poet Walt Whitman from his epic work “Leaves of Grass” is essentially a treatise on the author’s viewpoint of the grand theme of Death. Whitman views death...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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"Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd" appears in the "Children of Adam" cluster in Leaves of Grass. It made its first appearance in the 1860 revision of Leaves of Grass. "Children of Adam" is...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016, 10:55 am (UTC)

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"To A Stranger," probably written in 1860, is part of Whitman's collection "Leaves of Grass," published in 1900. The principal literary device Whitman uses here is the framework of the poet's...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012, 1:19 am (UTC)

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Walt Whitman wrote extensively about the position of the human being within society and within the natural world. Both the immersion and separation of a person in nature were some of his central...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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In the Preface to Leaves of Grass, Whitman accurately conveys a central quality of the American psyche in stating that Americans are not oriented to the past, to "reminiscences." In this he is...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2018, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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"Song of Myself" was originally untitled in the collection. Later, it was called "Poem of Walt Whitman, an American," and later still it was shortened to "Walt Whitman" before it was given its...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2020, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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THis entire poem is singing the beauty of humanity and of each person's occupation. That every person is important as is every job. The "song" of each job (hammers, human voices, other...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007, 10:56 am (UTC)

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Whitman views America as the ultimate land of equality and opportunity--or what should be. It is a place of infinite variety and growth and newness, incorporating everything from farmers and...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015, 8:30 pm (UTC)

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Walt Whitman’s seminal book of poetry Leaves of Grass has several selections that are centered on crafting and defining the American Dream. Whitman extols the virtues of the American Dream even in...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016, 6:42 am (UTC)

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Grass is a central image in Whitman's poetry. Grass is an very common thing, but the child's question cuts to the heart of Whitman's poetic sensibility. Like the child, Whitman too wonders about...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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Leaves of Grass is a collection of poems written by Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass was published in 1855. The common themes among the verses in Leaves of Grass is man's transcendence of his physical...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2018, 6:59 am (UTC)

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In the first section, Whitman takes on the role of Everyman, a typical American working man, but he also represents himself as a sensuous poet. The one thing all humans have in common is their...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2007, 8:36 am (UTC)

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Some metaphors in this section occur in this line: “Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you.” Here “travel” and “road” refer to choices a person must make, the speaker advising that...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2007, 10:59 pm (UTC)

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I think that one of the most basic elements that comes out of Whitman's Preface is the idea of linking the subjective with the national. Whitman seeks to establish that there is such a thing as...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010, 9:51 pm (UTC)

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I am struck by some of the opening words in the Preface to Whitman's work. The idea of "The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth, have probably the fullest poetical nature" and...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010, 3:40 am (UTC)

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This passage from 'Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman diverges from the mainstream of romanticism in that it does not deal only with Nature and her mysteries and beauty, but also with Mankind and...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010, 6:35 am (UTC)

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I think you must read the whole of any poem to understand it. "Song of Myself" should not only be read in its entirety, but it should also be read aloud to appreciate the beauty of the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007, 9:49 am (UTC)

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For Whitman, life and death are inextricably intertwined in a huge circle. One thig dies, another is born. The purpose of death is to keep the circle moving. Death is not something to be feared,...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2007, 1:49 pm (UTC)

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One of Walt Whitman's biographers writes that although he claimed to be the poet of science and progress, he was "at heart opposed to Darwinism but afraid to say so openly." His "new religion" came...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2014, 5:15 am (UTC)

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Part 1 of Whitman's "Song of Myself" ("I celebrate myself, and I sing myself") is divided into four irregular stanzas, and concludes with a four-line stanza which, effectively, summarizes the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2018, 9:15 am (UTC)

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The overwhelming faith in nature is one particularly Romantic theme in the passage. The Romantics believed that if there was a conception of truth, or absolute meaning, it resided in the natural...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010, 9:26 am (UTC)

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Whitman speaks of the "largest and most stirring" in his Preface to Leaves of Grass. Here is the quote: The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. In the history of the earth...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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"I Hear America Singing" uses the symbol of different songs to represent the pride and accomplishment of the varied American population. The language in the poem is very simple and straightforward....

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012, 9:02 am (UTC)

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I think that the main message of Whitman's poem in Leaves of Grass was to bring out the awesome force of the natural setting in the midst of human imagination. The setting of the speaker,...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2012, 1:34 am (UTC)

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...in the summer of 1845, John L. O'Sullivan (1813895) proclaimed that it was the "manifest destiny of the United States to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2012, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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It helps to consider some traits of regular scripture. Regular scripture often contains verses that revere God, praise Him, and delight in all of his good works and creations. They give wisdom...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2009, 10:31 am (UTC)

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This section concerns the "truth in things", as Whitman writes: All truths wait in all things... This section presents the idea that a touch is as important as anything else and that the...

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I am not sure that Whitman does much to avoid his personality and presence in Leaves of Grass. Fundamentally, Whitman believes that his work has to be a reflection of him and his beliefs. There...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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Section 1 is about a variety of places that the speaker is from. He references California, Missouri, the Dakotas, and several other locations across the United States. Since the majority of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011, 10:57 am (UTC)

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This quote does not mean anything when taken out of the context. “Where are you off to, lady? for I see you, You splash in the water there, yet stay stock still in your room. Dancing and laughing...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2008, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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The dominant theme of "To A Certain Civilian" is willful independence. Whitman asserts his role as poet to sing and speak primarily for himself: "Did you find what I sang erewhile so hard to...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013, 4:57 am (UTC)

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I think that "the task eternal" is the development of the United States. The stanza where the phrase appears open with "Have the elder races halted?" Such a question brings to light that Whitman...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2011, 10:22 pm (UTC)

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The America of Walt Whitman's day was being drawn in two separate directions. Some parts of the country (and some people within the country) were holding on to the traditional ways of life in the...

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The most significant aspect of the graphical design in the original print of Leaves of Grass actually lies in what Whitman doesn't include—his name. Rather than taking direct credit for his work,...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2020, 8:43 am (UTC)

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Yes, it is worthy of Neruda's praise. Neruda, whose style differs from Whitman's in some important respects, nevertheless followed Whitman's practice of looking closely and with a poetic eye on...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012, 3:39 am (UTC)

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Good choice! She doesn't really have the epic quality, but she has the nature connection--and how she connects. I'm thinking of her poem "The Fish," where she catches this fish and begins to...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2007, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Whitman was a controversial figure because he broke with so many poetic traditions. He wrote in free verse, which was revolutionary at the time and cast him as a prophetic figure for future poets....

Latest answer posted April 22, 2008, 8:55 am (UTC)

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The rhythm that Whitman sought in his choice of unrhymed free verse was of an equal connectivity, a relatedness of all phenomena, natural cycles, human emotions, etc. rather than a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012, 8:07 pm (UTC)

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I am not sure the poem is timeless, for it in many ways is a reaction to the ways of looking at life and God that preceeded it. "I celebrate myself," says Whitman, "what I assume you...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007, 11:08 pm (UTC)

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Song of Myself is not written in Old English, which refers to language before the Middle Ages (before 1400). Song of Myself was written in the 1800s. One way to try to understand it better, and...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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There are examples of metaphor and imagery throughout the poem, but if you would better understand the poem in Spanish, just go to the link below. You will find a full translation and explanation...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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