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Walt Whitman

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Evan Mathis

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Biography: Youth
Born and raised in Long Island, New York
8 siblings
Learned the trade of printing at an early age
Worked in the printing industry until it was devastated by a fire
Taught for 5 years beginning at age 17
After this time, he entered into a career of journalism
Biography: Journalism
Worked for a number of papers before becoming the editor of ''New Orleans Crescent''
Horrified by the practice of slavery which he observed in New Orleans
After moving back to the north, he found the ''Brooklyn Freeman''
A ''free soil'' newspaper
Biography: Later Life and Poetry
Wrote a series of poems which he published in a work called ''Leaves of Grass''
Ralph Waldo Emerson openly praised these works
After the Civil War began, he lived a life putting others before himself
Wrote poems and traveled around to visit the wounded
Found it hard to make a living
Any excess money he had after paying for necessities, he donated to the wounded soldiers he encountered
Continued to write until his death on March 26, 1892
Part of the movement from transcendentalism to realism
Used common people as subject matter
Known as the ''father of free verse''
Lack of rhyme and metrical regularity
Singularity American Style
Repeats images, symbols, and phrases
Use of lists
Use of anaphora
Cole Younginer
Evan Mathis
McCray Hodgkiss

O Captain! My Captain!
• An elegy for Abraham Lincoln
• Whitman uses conceit by relating the captain in the poem to Lincoln
Ship represents United States
“fearful trip” is Civil War
• Rhyming couplets
• Imagery (bells, cold and dead, bugle trills, flag is flung, etc)

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
• Found on page 1078 in in book
• Free Verse
• Nature is intuitive and mysterious, not completely scientific
Some things must be experienced, not learned from others
• Anaphora (When)
• Alliteration (mystical moist)
• Common perspective

Works Cited
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