WALT WHITMAN“What is Grass?”<br />By: Kelsey Starling<br />Professor Owens<br />Modern English 1102<br />December 5, 2010<br />
Introduction-The Unique Poet<br /><ul><li>Walt Whitman is a very interesting poet.
His poems are very distinctive because he mostly wrote about democracy and every day life.
His book of poems is called Leaves of Grass. He made a famous analogy about grass being the circle of life.</li></li></ul><li>Walt Whitman’s Writing Style<br /><ul><li>Whitman is famous for using free verse, which doesn’t have a regular rhythm or rhyme.
The lengths of his lines were different, and the lines were not grouped in normal stanzas.
This made his poems’ rhythm feel like a normal conversation.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>He also set out to create a unique voice in his poems to reflect the nation and its people during every day life.
He accomplished this in his poems by wondering the streets during the day and recording the things into a journal like the one seen here.
He usually would lie in the grass while he wrote his poems. This is more than likely where he came up with his analogy of grass.</li></li></ul><li>Theme found in Whitman’s Works<br /><ul><li>Whitman believed grass was the Circle of Life.
He though it was the new life and the resting place of life.
His works talked about people’s lives and how it was relevant to grass.
His book of poems was called Leaves of Grass. He called the pages of this book leaves. This became an enduring symbol of the democratic spirit it celebrated.</li></li></ul><li>Compared to Emily Dickinson<br />
Studying Whitman showed the differences in poets of the 19th century.
Reading some of his works has also been beneficial. They related to many things in the current time about every day life.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>They most interesting thing about Whitman is his analogy of grass.
In his poem “Song of Myself”, he wanted to convey the connection between nature and all of mankind.
In a way, all of his works connect to his grass analogy through the every day life he wrote about.</li>
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