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  • With Moss Walt Whitmans Live Oak
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    English 11 Live Oak, With Moss Walt Whitmans Live Oak, With Moss, is an intricate portrayal of love, both physical and mental. Throughout the poem, Whitman incorporates an array of metaphors symbolic of love and the many characteristics associated with love. Dissimilar to mainstream poetry, Whitman introduces a friend-lover relationship between two men, describing the pain and happiness associated with their love. Throughout Live Oak, With Moss, Whitman illustrates the great pleasure associated ...
  • Loose Unrestricted Form Within Whitman's Writing
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    Very few people will contest that Walt Whitman may be one of the most important and influential writers in American literary history and conceivably the single most influential poet. However many have claimed that Whitman's writing is so free form as evident in his 1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass and Song of Myself that it has no style. The poetic structures he employs are unconventional but reflect his very democratic ideals towards America. Although Whitman's writing does not include a structu...
  • Poem Number Forty Three Whitman
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    The incredible Walt Whitman was a man with many talents. One of these talents being that he could see the world in a view that very few of us could comprehend. He saw the world for what it was and what it could be, nevertheless he saw people for who we are and what we could be. In many people's opinion the world has never seen a more talented and dynamic writer. In leaves of grass Whitman begins with his physical poetry, and then proceeds to his spiritual side, and concludes with a spiritual res...
  • Whitman's Notion Of Sexuality
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    Divinity, Sexuality and the Self Through his poetry, Whitman's 'Song of Myself' makes the soul sensual and makes divine the flesh. In Whitman's time, the dichotomy between the soul and the body had been clearly defined by centuries of Western philosophy and theology. Today, the goodness of the soul and the badness of the flesh still remain a significant notion in contemporary thought. Even Whitman's literary predecessor, Emerson, chose to distinctly differentiate the soul from all nature. Whitma...
  • Edgar Allen Poe And Walt Whitman
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    American Writers and Their Works: Hawthorne, Poe, and Whitman Out of all the great authors and poets we have studied this semester I have chosen the three that I personally enjoyed reading the most; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, and Walt Whitman. These three Writers stand out above the rest for each has contributed substantially to bringing forth a newly earned respect for American Writers of Literature. Up until this point in time most literature had come from European writers. Hawthorn...
  • 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
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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...
  • Time Of Whitman
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    Walt Whitman: Transcendentalism By the late 19th century, Walt Whitman had become positioned at the forefront of the American cultural lexicon. His poetry was at once brash, dissonant and resoundingly erotic. His raw, unabashed poetry flew in the face of the prevailing ideals of his time. Whitman's greatest literary accomplishment, Leaves of Grass, had set the ideas of divinity, the hierarchy of the holy trinity, and the ethereal perfection afforded these things into turmoil. What he did was tak...
  • Whitmans Poem Song Of Myself
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    The passage I am not the poet of goodness only, I do not decline to be the poet of wickedness also, which can be found in Whitmans poem Song of Myself illustrates Whitmans disagreement with customs and norms of his age. Whitman did not support existing morals of his time. Moreover, he attempted to jump at the chance, and wallowed in vice and crime at every single opportunity. The friends of the poet tell us that Whitmans life was correct and that only in his verse he is a libertine. This also su...
  • Whitman's Other Prevalent Themes
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    Literature consists of many categories. The short story, the novel, and the poem are examples of these categories. Literature is more often then not a means of exposition for a central point, or theme, through symbolism. Poetry is the arrangement of these symbols and carefully metered language to convey a point. Many poets use their poetry as not only a means of conveying a theme, but also as a way of exploring their souls. Walt Whitman is one of these poets. Whitman has many themes in his works...
  • 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...

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