• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. To destroy a man is difficult, almost as difficult as to create one: pg ...

    than the rest of the text but he also manages to use this to strike up a cutting contrast between the language. He uses words such as; destroy, difficult, create in an almost 'how to' way when not placed in context but he's talking about the destruction of a human

  2. The Nine Tailors - Wimsey

    This sole line is one of the few rational aspects of this extract, perhaps because it is not his unspoken feelings but a given need. Even though the readers are aware of the speakers thoughts and feelings, the speaker does avoid saying things, possibly in an attempt to control the

  1. I will be examining two poems, The History Teacher by Billy Collins and The ...

    Though it might have been an act of evil, the children nonetheless need to learn about it so that they know that it's not right to have warfare. The best way for me to show this is to use a pot of hot water.

  2. Mr Aesop Written Task - (Idea for poem adapted from Duffys original poem Mrs ...

    She has this new fangled, dangerous; aye ? dangerous idea that men and women should be treated equally. Oh, the horror, I say! But let it be known I did try my best; my best to keep on the family line; for the sake of offspring ? offspring who would

  1. Commentary on the poem At the San Francisco Airport by Yvor Winters

    The contrasting imagery between light and dark is again employed in the last stanza, where there is an actual divide between the father remaining at the terminal ?in light?, and the daughter in the darkness of the night ?on lines of air?.

  2. Child and Insect by Robert Druce is an exceptional poem capturing the childlike approach ...

    The boy runs through a ?shrieking? meadow, and again, the personification allows the reader to understand the child?s look on the world ? childish fun and uncontrolled excitement, which is when a shriek is likely to occur. The poet also uses punctuation in the 5th line, and explanation mark in the middle; ?look!

  1. Effect of PTSD in Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    The constant battle that Eggers faces is with his self-deprecating outlook, a product of the guilt from his parents? death. After discussing the location of his parents? remains, he realizes, ?Oh we are monsters.?[4] This negative view is one that, for Eggers, is an acquired habit that slowly consumes his entire being.

  2. Commentary on the poem "Owl Song"

    The imagery of the mist immediately before the owl's hooting foreshadows the misinterpretation of the owl's hooting; mist refracts light and often distorts images, making it difficult to see what lies just beyond the mist. While the owl's hooting appears to be random and thoughtless, it is in fact entirely intentional and used to communicate with its environment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work