The Underlying Themes Of Walt Whitman 's ' When I Heard The Learn 'd Astronomer

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The Underlying Themes of Walt Whitman’s
“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” and “O Captain! My Captain!” Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is a well-known American Poet and the author of one of the most famous books of poetry ever written called Leaves of Grass. When reviewing Whitman’s work in “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” and “O Captain! My Captain!”, one can see the sheer essence of a brilliant poet. The use of irony and free verse in Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” is only secondary to his use of classical verse in “O Captain! My Captain!”. Whitman is attempting to express the new idea of freedom in America. His work is easily read and understood by the common man. Whitman’s point of view of freedom and simplicity come across in his work as if you are riding on the front of the Titanic with the wind blowing gently on your face. An article found in the Academy of American Poets describes briefly the life of poet Walt Whitman, who was born and raised in New York in the Mid-19th Century. This work describes Whitman’s family life and some of the early struggles that influenced the poet’s writings. It gives one a more in-depth understanding of Whitman and his work. “It was in New Orleans that he experienced firsthand the viciousness of slavery in the slave markets of that city. On his return to Brooklyn in the fall of 1848, he founded a ‘free soil’ newspaper, the Brooklyn Freeman, and continued to develop the unique style of poetry…” (par. 1).…

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