Walt Whitman: Builder for America by Babette Deutsch

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Was Whitman’s view of America realistic, or was he romanticizing the country? Explain

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I do not think that Whitman is writing with an understanding that there is meant to be realism in his depiction of America.  He writes in the vein where there is direct Romanticism of the dream that America can be.  Part of the reason he writes what he does is that he sincerely believes that the youth of America is what enables it to reach the highest of ideals.  This pantheon of greatness is possible because America is so "young," in comparison to other nations in the...

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