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Walt Whitman. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is a poem about a man who takes the Brooklyn ferry home from work. This poem is one of Whitmans best known poems because it presents Whitmans idea that humans are united in their common experience of life

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Rochelle Fergerson Period 2 February 11, 2010 Walt Whitman Website Assignment I. 1A) Walt Whitman was born May 21, 1819. He was born into a family of nine children. In his childhood years his family lived in Brooklyn and Long Island. At the age of 12 he worked as a printer. This is where his love for written language began. When Whitman turned seventeen he became a teacher from 1836 to 1841. After this he then became a journalist. Whitman became the founder and editor of Long-Islander a weekly paper. Whitman moved to New Orleans and became the editor of the New Orleans Crescent. This was where Whitman encountered to slavery. In 1855 Whitman brought the copyrights to his collection of poems entitled Leaves of Grass. This collection embodied twelve poems. Whitman later meets a man name Ralph Emerson who later helps Whitman publish his works. The second release of Leaves of Grass in 1856 contained 33 poems. ...read more.


Throughout the poem Whitman alternately despairs of his distance from his fellow peers. Whitman also mimics the idea of the ebb and flow in his poem. The poem continually moves closer like as in the first section and then in the second section pulls away. The second section is filled with a series of abstract, meditative observances. The lines begin with "the" and have passive verbs to show the distance in this section. Whitman creates a somewhat of a rocking motion within each line of the poem. The rocking motion in some ways becomes mesmerizing because of the repetition and anaphoric lines. 2A) The poems in Leaves of Grass are said to all be unified. The poems state that all nature is universal and what belongs to nature belongs to a man, body, and soul. The book is a gospel of self-assertion and self-reliance for every reader. The book is filled with new theories of Sociology, Literature, Religion, and Comradeship. ...read more.


He also adds in parentheses to on line of the poem. Lastly, in this poem he also is very particular about the abundance of punctuation he uses. II. 4) Whitman incorporated natural speech rhythms into his poetry. He was inspired by Goethe, Hegel, Carlyle and Emerson. Whitman grew up in New York where he witnessed rapid growth which inspired him to write about new faith and hopeful expectations. Whitman's third edition of Leaves of Grass was accepted with appreciation. 6) Whitman was born to Quaker parents. Whitman paid for the publication of the first edition of Leaves of Grass himself. He believed there was a relationship between the poet and society which was explicitly shown in "Song of Myself". As far as religion Whitman was deeply influenced by deism. 9) Whitman knew the Bible thoroughly and desired to inaugurate a religion uniting all of humanity in bonds of friendship. Many of his poems contain words of French derivation from his influence in New Orleans. Whitman was also heavily influenced by music. Many of his four hundred poems contain musical terms, names of instruments, and names of composers. ...read more.

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