Lesson Plan Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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Reading Assignment Sheet. He lived almost twenty more years, continuing to suffer health problems. Though he continued revising his epic Leaves of Grass last edition the same year as his death: , he produced two other major poems during this period: Passage to India and Prayer of Columbus Describe the meaning of Transcendentalism and why Song of Myself typifies the genre. Cite some lines in this poem relating to education and discuss Whitman's philosophy favoring experiential learning, and seeming contempt for formal education particularly early in the poem. Discuss how Whitman created a new form of modern poetry about "self" as its sole subject.

What do you think of his assertion that the poet and poem are the same? And his indictment of pretentious poetry in favor of his "down to earth" approach e. How does Whitman fit into the notion of being "uniquely American" in his expressions of "self" and Transcendental philosophies? Discuss the literary connections between Whitman and Abraham Lincoln 's rise to power.

How did their respective published or spoken words compliment one another? Explain Whitmans lines in section 6 below, and speculate on its meaning, particularly on the brink of the American Civil War : "Growing among black folks as among white, Kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the same, I receive them the same. And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves. Fellow poet and contemporary, Emily Dickinson , firmly in the Dark Romanticism camp, seems to express the exact opposite philosophy from Walt Whitman.

Do you agree?

Provide textual evidence from both poets. Does the cumulative affect of Whitman's poem come off as a love-yourself-with-me populist-poet or an egotistical recluse who is disengenuous and rambles?

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

Though similarly titled, contrast Whitman's work with John Keats ' poem, A Song About Myself , playful prose about his naughty boyhood. Essay Prompt : Can you think of a modern songwriter or writer you admire who shares some of Whitman's philosophies and literary techniques?

Teach This Poem: “The Indications [excerpt]" by Walt Whitman

Provide textual evidence to support your comparison. Leaves of Grass: the cornerstone of modern poetry. Visit our Teacher Resources , supporting literacy instruction across all grade levels. Henry H.

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Song of Myself. Song of Myself - Study Guide It's all about me! Leaves of Grass. Whitman at 37 when he wrote the poem. Whitman's annotated copy. Mourning ribbon with Whitman poem. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd. O Captain! American History in Literature.