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"America" by Walt Whitman

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Johnny Bartel

on 24 February 2014

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Transcript of "America" by Walt Whitman

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,
All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,
Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,
Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,
A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,
Chair’d in the adamant of Time.
Background on Walt Whitman
Born May 31, 1819 on Long Island in New York.
Wrote around 280 poems in his lifetime.
Was either bisexual or homosexual. This impacted the poems he wrote.
Summary of America
America is viewed by Whitman as the center of all countries, and the mother of many sons and daughters of all ages.
He talks about Americans that have several qualities but they are not the same.
He says that America is freedom, law, and love. That she is the mother of all.
How I see it is that, Whitman sees America as the first one to be crated with laws and love, the first to have daughters and sons, who all see each other as a type of family.
He thinks of America as a legendary rock when he says the word adamant. I believe he viewed America like his mother who cared for him.

"America" by Walt Whitman
Background (Cont.)
American Poet, known as the father of Free verse.
He believed that there is a vital relationship between poet and society.
Also known as the "Poet of Democracy"
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