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Since iambics closely mimic the patterns of natural speech and are pleasing to the ear, Whitman used them for sections of his poems, without exclusively writing metered verse. Whitman's " catalogs ," or lists, are used in many of his poems to indicate the breadth of types of people, situation, or objects in a particular poem. Whitman's mastery of the catalog has caused critics to praise his endless generative powers, his seeming ability to cycle through hundreds of images while avoiding repetition and producing astounding variety and newness.

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Anaphora is a literary device used by Whitman which employs the repetition of a first word in each phrase; for example, each line will begin with "and. Whitman's poetics also rely on careful control of the indicative and imperative moods described in a recommended essay by Galway Kinnell; see the Suggested Reading. The critical and popular response to Leaves of Grass was mixed and bewildered. Leaves of Grass was most harshly criticized because Whitman's free verse didn't fit into the existing British model of poetry, which was a tradition of rhyme, meter, and structure.

One critic noted, in an review in Life Illustrated , "It is like no other book that ever was written, and therefore, the language usually employed in notices of new publications is unavailable in describing it. He may turn out the least of a braggart of all, having a better right to be confident. His crudity is an exceeding great stench, but it is America. He is the hollow place in the rock that echoes with the time. He does 'chant the crucial stage' and he is the 'voice triumphant.

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He is an exceedingly nauseating pill, but he accomplishes his mission. With the upcoming th anniversary, America's poets and critics have found unmediated love for our most American poet, the man who came to shape our ideas of nationhood, democracy, and freedom. Materials for Teachers Materials for Teachers Home. Poems for Kids. Poems for Teens. Lesson Plans. Teach this Poem. Poetry Near You. Academy of American Poets.

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National Poetry Month. American Poets Magazine. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Teach This Poem. Follow Us. Yet the poet himself uses words to communicate his vision to us. Further, he seems to say that both he and all people are identified in some way with each other and with all things. And yet, for all the abstractness of such an idea, the poem teems with specific descriptions of all sorts of people pursuing their various purposes, both ordinary and exceptional, across the moral spectrum.

Like the growing, vibrant country in which Whitman lived, the world of his poetry is populated with individuals from all walks of life. How can the contradictions in an individual or a nation be accommodated and lead to wholeness rather than divisiveness?

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This question reverberates throughout Leaves of Grass and throughout much of American history. Does Whitman provide an answer? In the early s, his family moved to Brooklyn, and Whitman frequently took the ferry across the East River to visit Manhattan.

When his formal education ended at the age of eleven, Whitman forged his own self-directed education by reading widely and immersing himself in the vibrant life and cultural riches of New York City. Whitman also visited his grandparents in rural Long Island often and developed an enduring love for the natural world, especially the shoreline landscape.

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From printing, he made an easy transition to journalism. He returned to New York City in , intent on making a career of writing.

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Some biographers attribute his leap forward to a transforming personal experience about which we have no report or information. Between and the outbreak of the Civil War in , Whitman adopted what would become a lifelong pattern of writing and revision. In each subsequent edition of Leaves of Grass , he added new poems, retitled others, and grouped poems in clusters with suggestive headings.

The latter group made Whitman a precursor of American gay literature. Whitman traveled to Virginia during the Civil War to tend to his wounded brother, George. He remained in Washington, D.

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From until his death in , Whitman lived in Camden, New Jersey, in the only house he ever owned. He spent his final decade putting together authoritative versions of his sprawling writings, including a so-called deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. Why does Whitman think that the United States, of all nations, has the most need of poets p.

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