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    Leaves Of Grass Sparknotes

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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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    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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    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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    Leaves Of Grass Analysis

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    After having spent the whole night with the ever so cool the one and only Margo, Quentin finds himself awaiting for the next day as he thinks that for once things won’t go in ordinary order and perhaps change. As he arrives in school he finds that Margo has disappeared. Quentin enlists his friends Radar along with Ben and Margo’s friend Lucy to help in finding Margo. Eventually they skip their high school graduation and go on a cross-country road trip in hope to find (save) her. Margo left clues…

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    Song Of Myself Essay

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    The poet, Walt Whitman, the creator of “ Song Of Myself” from the book Leaves Of Grass, depicts the meaning of our life and our purpose of the universe as a beautiful life cycle of death and rebirth anew. Whitman conveys that “for for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you,/… every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air.”.,Whitman believes that the individual makes us unique in our own way while sharing common ground with others. This conveys that in Whitman’s poem we…

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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

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    Words of the Beating Heart: An Analysis of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” Walt Whitman once poetically proclaimed, “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” (Whitman Brainyquote). This is just one of thousands the of thoughts that he and many authors shared during this time period. Furthermore, he played a great role in the transcendentalism literary movement, which was a point in history when authors expressed themselves through the simplicity of nature. Consequently, they viewed the…

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    It starts out in a conversation with a child asking what grass is. The line of answer is "the beautiful uncut hair of graves" (Whitman 2747). When we die, we are buried in the ground. We are returned, in a sense, from whence we came. God did form Adam, the first man, from the earth. William Cullen Bryant says in "Thanatopsis," "earth that nourishes thee, shall claim thy growth, to be resolved to earth again" (Bryant 2673). The earth has now become our home, our resting-place, our lap,…

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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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