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Walt Whitman. A Bridge between Romanticism And Realism. Walt Whitman . 1819-1892 Born and raised in New York (Manhattan) His poetry broke every rule of traditional poetry Volume of poetry: Leaves of Grass (1855). Walt Whitman. Mixed reaction to his poetry Emerson/Lincoln loved it
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Walt Whitman A Bridge between Romanticism And Realism Walt Whitman
  • 1819-1892
  • Born and raised in New York (Manhattan)
  • His poetry broke every rule of traditional poetry
  • Volume of poetry: Leaves of Grass (1855)
  • Walt Whitman
  • Mixed reaction to his poetry
  • Emerson/Lincoln loved it
  • Whittier hated it—threw it in the fire
  • Medic during the Civil War
  • Themes: Nature, Democracy, Common Man
  • Introduced Fee Verse to America
  • Free Verse
  • Catalog—series of images
  • Parallelism—using same grammatical structure
  • Other Devices
  • Alliteration
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Repetition
  • Imagery
  • I Hear America Singing
  • I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear; 
  • Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
  •  The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work; 
  • The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
  • The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands; 
  • The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown; 
  • The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else; 
  • The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, 
  • Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.
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