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  • 1. WALT WHITMAN“What is Grass?”
    By: Kelsey Starling
    Professor Owens
    Modern English 1102
    December 5, 2010
  • 2. Introduction-The Unique Poet
    • Walt Whitman is a very interesting poet.
    • 3. His poems are very distinctive because he mostly wrote about democracy and every day life.
    • 4. His book of poems is called Leaves of Grass. He made a famous analogy about grass being the circle of life.
  • Walt Whitman’s Writing Style
    • Whitman is famous for using free verse, which doesn’t have a regular rhythm or rhyme.
    • 5. The lengths of his lines were different, and the lines were not grouped in normal stanzas.
    • 6. This made his poems’ rhythm feel like a normal conversation.
    • He also set out to create a unique voice in his poems to reflect the nation and its people during every day life.
    • 7. 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.
    • 8. 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.
  • Theme found in Whitman’s Works
    • Whitman believed grass was the Circle of Life.
    • 9. He though it was the new life and the resting place of life.
    • 10. His works talked about people’s lives and how it was relevant to grass.
    • 11. 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.
  • Compared to Emily Dickinson
  • 12. Conclusion
    • Studying Walt Whitman
    • 13. Studying Whitman showed the differences in poets of the 19th century.
    • 14. Reading some of his works has also been beneficial. They related to many things in the current time about every day life.
    • They most interesting thing about Whitman is his analogy of grass.
    • 15. In his poem “Song of Myself”, he wanted to convey the connection between nature and all of mankind.
    • 16. In a way, all of his works connect to his grass analogy through the every day life he wrote about.