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Walt Whitman 1819-1892

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Transcript of Walt Whitman 1819-1892

Walt Whitman
1. Revolutionary Style - did something new - free verse
2. Subject Matter is historical, yet universal - very democratic in beliefs
3. Skill - poetry has both high critical acclaim and popularity. Wrote the most critically acclaimed elegy in Am. Lit. and most widely re-printed poem in Am. Lit.
4.Blended Diverse Ideas into something entirely his own: romanticism, German mysticism, Eastern mysticism, American patriotism, humanism, Christianity.
5. Sexual Content - writes openly at a time when this was taboo.
Walt Whitman
Reasons for his place of importance:
1. Wordy, Repetitive
2. Alliterative
3. Internal Rhyme Used
4. Free Verse
5. Catalogs (long lists) (see Section 15)
6. Vignette(s) (Thumbnail sketch)
7. Optimistic
His Style: 7 Elements of Importance
Walt Whitman 1819-1892
" . . . each human identity has a definite place in an eternal scheme and purpose; that the body and soul are equally important, though the body goes back to compost and thence into other forms of life while the soul advances infinitely through higher forms of existence; that ever soul is eternally becoming something better, more complete, more god-like, so that in ultimate reality there is only one time, an everlasting present" (144).

From G.W. Allen
The Solitary Singer
Whitman and Mysticism
Important Works
Leaves of Grass
(includes Song of Myself and many other poems)
Drumtaps
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom"
"Oh Captain, my Captain!"
Last Photograph of Whitman Before his Death
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