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    In his magnum opus, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman attempts to fulfill the duties of the American Bard and tell the story of the American people. The American Bard is, according to Whitman, “the equalizer of his age and land” (1012), who speaks for all without bias or exclusions. In the preface to Leaves of Grass, he says, “The American bards… shall be kosmos… hungry for equals night and day” (1016). The Bard will not express bias towards a certain class, topic, or region. Whitman declares, “What I tell I tell for precisely what it is… What I experience or portray shall go from my composition without a shred of my composition” (1015). As part of his goal to be the American Bard, Whitman asserts in Section 16 of “Song of Myself” that America…

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    “Song of myself” is one of Walt Whitman 's excellent poetry of The Leaves of Grass. He emphasizes an all-powerful "self". Instead of referring to Walt himself, the self is both individual and universal. He wrote this poem to sing about himself, to express his thoughts about democracy, to set free his human passion, to praise great nationality. In this poem, Walt Whitman presents the speaker that he sees a hawk, and his response is to feel immensely humbled as he sees elements of himself in…

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    Leaves of Grass: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” “Song of Myself,” by Walt Whitman is a meditative poem combining his religious and political ideals. In Whitman’s poetry, symbolism and sermons are used to present important subjects. With the author’s persona, the poem captures the unique blend of national confidence and fear for the future by using grass, a symbol of democracy which grows everywhere. Many historical events were occurring during the period of his life. The imminent Civil…

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    Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps

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    “For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning”, this would be shocking to Whitman, because the amount of voices praising Whitman’s works has grown exponentially since his death. Walt Whitman’s works have gone on an intriguing journey from the time that they were first published to the current era. However, as time has passed Whitman has become to be known as a celebrated and innovative poet. Whitman versatility is seen by the thoughts of death, desolation of hearts, and…

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    His first edition of the book went barely noticed and most that did found it tasteless. WHITMAN ALSO SENT HIS BOOK TO A NUMBER OF RESPECTED MEN OF LETTERS, MANY OF WHOM PROMPTLY SENT IT BACK. HOWEVER, WHITMAN RECEIVED UNEXPECTED SUPPORT FROM THE ESSAYIST AND POET RALPH WALDO EMERSON. EMERSON WROTE TO WHITMAN: "I AM NOT BLIND TO THE WORTH OF THE WONDERFUL GIFT "OF 'LEAVES OF GRASS. ' "I FIND IT THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF WIT "AND WISDOM THAT AMERICA HAS YET CONTRIBUTED. "I FIND INCOMPARABLE…

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    The greatest accomplishment of Walt Whitman is his famous poem collection, “Leaves of Grass”. With its uprising popularity in the 19th century until now, explains and teaches life lessons of the universe and how nature and society should coincide together and be one. The poem “Song of Myself” was one of the twelve poems that were unnamed in his first edition that was printed in 1855. The poem was given the name “A Poem of Walt Whitman, an American” in 1856, and later changed to “Walt Whitman” in…

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    The Poet’s Patriotic Orientation in “Song of Myself” BY Reem Abbas 43380421 The forefather of modern American poetry Walt Whitman writes “Song of Myself” in his great production Leaves of Grass. This poem is one the most enjoyable, controversial, and pioneering poem among twelve other poems. Many poets and critics from the day of its publication until now have debated about it. This influential poem makes Emerson greet Whitman in his great…

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    Given the library’s availability, I read Henry Seidel Canby’s biography, expecting to learn about Walt Whitman’s childhood, family, and experiences that led him to write Leaves of Grass. The overall assessment of Canby’s book is that it is fair. Canby is frequently wordy, and at least the first third of the book is rather boring because one feels as if he is skimming through Whitman’s life. The photos are interesting, but Canby should have included a time line because he describes events without…

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    America of the 1850s drifted inexorably towards civil war. The America Walt Whitman lived in was desperately fractured amongst differing factions and his stories seized the attention of the people who were rebuilding the country. In 1855, Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass and was inspired in part by his travels through the American frontier. The poem “I Hear America Singing” appeared in the 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass and is all about American pride. Whitman describes the voices of…

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    In order to create accepted literature containing homosexual roots and scenes during the nineteenth century, Walt Whitman had to balance his “athletic love” with heterosexual encounters, passionate genderless love, and Christianity. From the 1855 Leaves of Grass “Song of Myself”, he writes “Thruster holding me tight and that I hold tight! We hurt each other as the bridegroom and the bride hurt each other.” By following the thrusters with a heterosexual couple guide the readers’ to fill in the…

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