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Walt Whitman

Early Life:

The life of this poet; Walt Whitman, began May 31,1819 to his two parents Louisa Van Velsor,and Walt senior of a family of nine, on the West Hills of Long island. Both of his parents were Quakers. As a child his mother gave him a lot of love, while his father was stern. Walt wasn't in school for vert long. At only the age of nine he was taken out of school to help support his famiy. Though he was self taught, he loved to read, alot. He was fond of Shakespeare and the bible.He was also inspired by writers like Goethe,Hegal,Carlyle and Emerson. In the end Whitman aslo believed in friendship strongly.
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Later on in life:

As a teen in 1836 Walt worked as a teacher at only the age of seventeen until 1846. For a breif period of two years Walt was an editor at, "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", and the "New Orleans Crescent" he also founded the "Brooklyn Freeman." Walt was inspired by many things that took part in his poetry. Though his fame was mostly because of Tom Paine who was the author of Common Sense. His inspirations were music, and the French language, which was captured while he was working in New Orleans. In some of his poem music is invloexternal image walt-whitman.jpgved from terms to instruments, and composers. His description of music was, "greater than wealth, greater than buildings, ships, religions, paintings," because he saw music as the greatest thing ,and it still has more to give and belived,"the strongest and sweetest songs remain yet to be sung." As a result this was what made Walt Whitman so notable, because of his style of poetry, and it was unique.

Poem


What Am I, After All?
WHAT am I, after all, but a child, pleas'd with the sound of my own
name? repeating it over and over;
I stand apart to hear--it never tires me.

To you, your name also
Did you think there was nothing but two or three pronunciations in
the sound of your name?
Walt Whitman

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Relection

The poem "Who am I, After all?'' by Walt Whitman really stood out to me. The fisrt line is tring to ask is, I am really anythiing else but a child whit a name who is fond of it? Then, the next line states all he does is try it over and over again repeating his name, but it never makes him tired because it's what he is. In the second stanza the fourth, fifth, and sixth lines are asking to the reader how do you feel about your name. This poem is about someone understanding ourselves as people, and this person asking, who am I really? The image I portrayed while reading this poem was, alot of people but none of them truley different. The only thing different was the name, that's all we are. In the end I believe Walt didn't really know who he was, and was trying to figure out, what makes him so special?



Style of Poetry:

Walt Whitmans wanted to start a new form of poetry. This type of poetry had to do with peoples believes, faith, hopes, expectations, and energy. At the time the civil war going on and his brother was wounded which affected his writting. His poems became about wounded soldiers, what there lives were like, and there experiences in war for example Drum Taps Poem. After that he decided to become a volunteer in hospitals to help wounded soldiers. His poems rarely followed a ryhme scheme and he used slang language. He wrote in free style which was perfect for what his poems were about.


Why he is famous?

Walt Whitman became noticed for his rare style of writing. His writing was experimental but it turned into a success. His poem Leaves of Grass became very popular. It was about everything that was going on at the time. For example lfe in America and politics. This shows that he was very aware of what was going on around him.

Poem and Reflection:

Walt Whitmans personality and background

Walt Whitman was born in Long Island, New York. He was a Quaker which meant that he was the type of man that was interested in nature more than the average person and also don't believe in violence. Knowing that slavery was prevalent in that time period his parents employed slaves to work on their farm, however he wasn't fond of the idea. Walt Whitman had


"O Me! O Life!"
by Walt Whitman
O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more
faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever
renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?




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Reflection
What stood out to me the most about this poet wanted to create a new form of poetry, because instead of following how others wrote their poetry he took the risk to try something new. Usually when a poet would try to create a new strategy others would criticize the poets writing since it was different. I also like how he was influenced to write about poetry from nature, because it gives the readers some thought about where he grew up and what he believed in. Walt Whitman wrote many short poems some where complex and some were simple. In the poem O me O life! I think that Walt Whitman was trying to tell his readers that people have good and bad moments in their life ,and that as long as your living your going to face these obsticals. A text- self connection would be that sometimes I think hard about what the meaning of living life is and why things happen. These things happen for a reason whether i like them or not, and most of the things i do reflect on the decisions i make. The literary devices that Walt Whitman uses is repetition, this helps the readers understand the poem in a better way. It gives exaggeration to let the reader know what the poem is really supposed to be about.




Bibliography
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Poem Long ,Too Long America:

Long, too long America, Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and prosperity only, But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not, And now to conceive and show to the world what your children en-masse really are, (For who except myself has yet conceiv'd what your children en-masse really are?

Reflection:

This poem is about how in the beginning of America people used to learn from each others joys and achievments but now people learn from there own mistakes, crisis, and pain. It's also about how after people go through all that they start familys but some people like Walt Whitman get stuck in their problems and forget about family. This teaches us that even though we have alot going on we should never forget about our family and always make time for them. I can connect to this poem because even if my dad is busy he always makes time to spend with me and my sister. If my dad didn't spend alot of time with us I would feel neglected and sad. The literacy device he used was repetition for example he repeated "what your children en-masse really are?" because he wanted to prove the point that people want to show off their family

Links:

http://kirjasto.sci.fi/wwhitman.htm

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/126

http://www.notablebiographies.com/We-Z/Whitman-Walt.html

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