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  • Whitman's Beautiful Democratic Poems Of Friendship
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    John Bell Mrs. Taylor English 2 May 30, 2000 All Alone Walter Whitman was an American poet of the 1800's. Walt was arguably one of America's influential and innovative poets of his time. Whitman began work as a printer and journalist in the New York City area. He wrote articles on politics, civics, and the arts. During the Civil War, Whitman was a volunteer assistant in the military hospitals in Washington, D.C. After the war, he worked in several government departments until he suffered a strok...
  • Whitman's Civil War Experiences
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    walt whitman A World of Politics Thesis: Walt Whitman was a man who used his thoughts on political issues concerning the Civil War within his writings because of many experiences he had encountered. Whenever ever the term "political writing" comes up, most people would think of Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman was one of the most popular political writers of all times. "Nearly everyone agrees that Walt Whitman is America's greatest poet" (Unger 331). "Whitman's ideas and attitudes were chiefly those o...
  • First Edition Of Leaves Of Grass Whitman
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    [Note: This biographical essay is excerpted from a longer essay included in The Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive at web It is copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 by Kenneth M. Price and Ed Folsom. Family Origins Walt Whitman, arguably America's most influential and innovative poet, was born into a working class family in West Hills, New York, a village near Hempstead, Long Island, on May 31, 1819, just thirty years after George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly formed Uni...
  • Whitman's Use Of Self And Soul
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    Mysticism, Democracy, Individuality&Personality The 1881 publication of the Leaves of Grass contained more than twenty-four poems, which were reasonably filled with ten or more diversified types of themes. Walt Whitman the author and compiler of this exceptional work changed the status of poetry writing through his utilization of thought and expression in the publication of the Leaves of Grass. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a collogue and admirer of Walt once spoke this of him '... Whitman, that Sir, is ...
  • Whitman's Lifetime The Development Of American Dictionaries
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    American Influences of Walt Whitman In his poems and life, Walt Whitman celebrated the human spirit and the human body. He sang the praises of democracy and marveled at the technological advances of his era. His direct poetic style shocked many of his contemporaries. This style, for which Whitman is famous, is in direct relation to several major American cultural developments. The development of American dictionaries, the growth of baseball, the evolution of Native American policy, and the devel...
  • Walt Whitman
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    A True Patriot: Walt Whitman When one talks of great American Poets, if the person has any since of intelligence, then they can in now way fail to mention Walt Whitman. Whitman is a great American poet, So great, that Ralph Waldo Emerson said that he was an "American Shakespeare" (Tucker 247). While the debate still goes on about that comment, there is no debate about the greatness of Whitman. Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, NY on May 31, 1819 on Long Island. He was the second of nine child...
  • Walt Whitman
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    Sophie OshmanMrs. DubrowPeriod 7 May 4th, 2004 Walt Whitman Walt Whitman, born in 1819 to a family in Long Island, lived a very humble life before becoming a well known writer. He grew up in a community full of Quakers and followed religion very strictly as a child. Whitman loved reading the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson because he thought he related to Emerson's ideas and theologies which closely corresponded to his own. At the age of 35, Whitman published his first book, Leaves of Grass, which ...
  • One Of The Nation Whitman
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    Walt Whiteman though himself out to be the poet of American democracy. His poetry described an america where the future had already begun. Whitman believed every individual had as much dignity, and importance as anyone else. No job was considered to small or insubordinate. He believed that in order to reach their full potential, people had to break down the barriers that separated them from others and from parts of their own being. He encouraged things that made people less embarrassed and mr oe...
  • Whitman's Writings In Leaves Of Grass
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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 Transcendentalist 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 only if the person had the independence of mind to do so. Whitman lent himself to t...
  • Whitman
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    "There is no fear of mistake". That is what Walt Whitman wrote in the last few lines of his preface to Leaves of Grass. He was referring to the idea that nothing can be considered wrong if it is an idea born in the imagination. People in general have this great fear that they might do or say something wrong, especially if it is an un ordinary idea or thought. They way we protect ourselves from being criticized or berated is to simply conform to conventional and widespread ideas. Whitman implores...
  • Symbolism Of War
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    Walt Whitman Walt Whitman wasn't a very big fan of war. He thought everything about it was negative. We can see this in his poetry. In "Beat! Beat! Drums!" , he expresses his feelings toward war using symbolism. The drums and the bugles are examples of two symbols. He is using these objects as representing war. Whitman starts off each stanza with the same line every time. "Beat! Beat! drums! - blow! bugles! blow!" He uses this symbolism of war to show the effects it has on the world. The drums a...
  • Walt Whitman
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    Whitman's Definition of Individuality During a lecture in 1907, William James said "the philosophy which is so important in each of us is not a technical matter; it is our more or less dumb sense of what life honestly means. It is only partly got from books; it is our individual way of just seeing and feeling the total push and pressure of the cosmos" (Bartlett 546) Individuality has been a prevalent theme in every type of literature for quite some time. Whether it is a character discovering his...
  • Whitman And Dickinson
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    Emily Dickinson and Uncle Walt Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are two of literature's greatest innovators, they each changed the face of American literature. they are also considered one of literature's greatest pair of opposites. Dickinson is a timid wreck loose. While Whitman was very open and sociable, Whitman shares the ideas of William Cullen Bryant, everyone and everything is somehow linked by a higher bond. Both Whitman and Dickinson were decades ahead of their time, sharing only the un...

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