Compare And Contrast O Captain My Captain And Walt Whitman

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Throughout American history, a ton of authors, journalists, and poets have been said to have "changed American society.” One of the most important and influential poets of the 19th century was Walt Whitman, author of the famous book of poetry, "Leaves of Grass.” Two of the poems associated with this book that I will be writing about are O Captain! My Captain!, and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd. Whitman crossed new boundaries within the poetry world, displaying every inch of his mind in his works. He modernized the way Americans wrote poetry by covering controversial topics, continuing to write even though others were harshly criticizing his poems, and encouraging American people not to be ashamed of who they are and what they have to offer the world. Although O Captain! My Captain! and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd are both based off of the same story and use the same dialogue there are many differences. I believe that When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd was the better out of the two ,because it presents detailed images to the reader, along with the speaker’s feelings toward those images.O Captain! My Captain! leaves out too much detail to be as effective. Whitman was born on Long Island on May 31, 1819 to parents with interests in Quaker thought. He was the second of nine surviving children and was given the nickname “Walt” very early on, mostly to tell apart him from his father. At the age of eleven, Whitman's father removed him from
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