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Walt whitman

  1. 1. “Song of Myself”
  2. 2.  1819-1892 No formal education, but well read Trained to be a printer  Also did some newspaper writing  Became editor, fired for position against slavery
  3. 3.  Wrote about America and the common man Did not write in the traditional structure Most famous work: Leaves of Grass  Continually revised and republished 1855-1892  383 poems in final edition  Captures diversity of American people and describes energy and intensity of all life forms
  4. 4.  Free verse: irregular meter and line length  Written to sound like natural speech  Whitman = First American poet to use free verse Diction: word choice and arrangement  Whitman uses catalogs and parallelism  Catalogs: long lists  Parallelism: repetition of sentences with similar meanings
  5. 5. 1. Summarize each stanza.2. Overall tone?3. Whitman’s message/belief(s)?1. Comparing himself to what?2. How are they alike?3. What is Whitman’s “barbaric yawp”?4. Where is Whitman coaxed (called to)?5. Summarize last 3 stanzas.

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