Walt Whitman Essays

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  • Walt Whitman Influence

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    There is no question that Walt Whitman had the most significant influence on American literary history. Along with Emily Dickinson, Whitman represented the Romantic literature era of American literature. Whitman is known for his distinctive poetic forms and free verse. Whitman’s most popular work Leaves of Grass influenced many future writers that came after him to follow his writing style. The richness that Leaves of Grass left behind had such a huge impact on American writers of many different

  • walt whitman Essay

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         Walt Whitman            Walt Whitman was a follower of the two Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. He believed in Emerson and Thoreau’s Trascendentalist beliefs. Whitman believed that individualism stems from listening to one’s inner voice and that one’s life is guided by one’s intuition. The Transcendentalist centered on the divinity of each individual; but this divinity could be self-discovered

  • Criticism Of Walt Whitman

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    (A critic of Walt Whitman’s Pedagogy) Famous writer, C.S. Lewis, one wrote, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts”. He wrote this in 1943 in The Abolition of Man, this work depicts Lewis’s objections and defence of the pedagogy of the time. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Pedagogy as “the art, science, or profession of teaching”(Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In his quote, Lewis makes the point that teachers aren’t meant to destroy the thoughts

  • Essay on Walt Whitman

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    Walt Whitman was looked upon as the forerunner of 20th Century poetry, praising democracy, and becoming a proclaimed poet of American democracy. He was known as the "Son of Long Island," and he loved his country and everything about it. (Current, Williams, Freidel- page 292-293). Whitman lived during the time of the Civil War; a fact that increased his patriotism. Whitman was considered one of the most important American Poets of the 19th Century. (Encyclopedia of World Biography-

  • Dualism In Walt Whitman

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    While reading Walt Whitman’s compilation of poetry found in the comprehensive collection Leaves of Grass, it is nearly impossible to ignore the multitude of connections made to Buddhist teachings. His poetry mimics the main principles of Buddhism to the point that some authors have gone as far as to call him the American Buddha. In particular, Whitman subtly makes a connection between two of the most essential dualistic principles in Buddhism, not one not two, and death without dying. In fact, rather

  • Walt Whitman Essay

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    Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Long Island, New York. He was the second of six children. From 1825-1830, he attended public school in Brooklyn. After his years of education, Walt Whitman experimented with many different jobs. From 1836-1838, Whitman taught at several schools in Long Island. After teaching, Walt Whitman returned to printing and editing in New York. During this time he edited many papers such as the Aurora (daily newspaper)

  • Pedagogy In Walt Whitman

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    formal pedagogies in favor of informal ones…” (Cain). Walt Whitman was no different; he prefered a hands on approach when it came to teaching and through his approach, he learned as much from the student as they did from him. Walt Whitman had several ideas and themes that came from his pedagogy as recorded in Song of Myself 6, 46, and 47. In Song of myself 6, Walt Whitman begins to question exactly how much an instructor can teach. Walt Whitman was known for his hands on approach when it came to learning

  • Walt Whitman Contributions

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    It is known without a doubt, that Walt Whitman is a key contributor to the evolution of American literature. Whitman was born in 1819 to a classic working family and is also considered to be a part of the first generation of children since the United States was formed. It is only fitting that amount of pride felt across the nation filled Whitman since he was just a small child. It was because of his pride as an American, that Whitman set out to change American literature and move away from the British

  • Walt Whitman Poetry Analysis

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    As Walt Whitman wrote his multiple editions of Leaves of Grass, each edition always had something new, because he would take his experiences and reflect them into his poetry. For example, the first edition that came out in 1855 wasn’t popular, “Walt Whitman’s literary masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, was first self-published in 1855 with less than glowing reviews.” (Woodworth p. 270). Walt Whitman self-published his first edition due to not being able to find a publisher, the book was beautiful with

  • Walt Whitman Biography

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    It is rare for the observer as it is for the writer. The Walt Whitman poem “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” is looked at by most as just that. It is a documentation, of sorts, of his own paradigm shift. The realities of the world have therein matured his conceptual frameworks. In line 147 we read “Now in a moment I know what I am for, I awake.” This awakening is at the same time a death. The naiveté of the speaker (I will assume Whitman) is destroyed. Through his summer long observation, the