Bloom's How to Write about Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman's passionate writing style and bold subject matter have deeply influenced succeeding generations of American poets. Nearly all of his poems were published in Leaves of Grass, which Whitman obsessively expanded, edited, and republished throughout his life, ultimately leaving behind a powerful literary legacy. Twenty of his most commonly read and studied poems are discussed in depth in this volume, which features ideas for essay topics to aid students in developing and producing strong, effective ...

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Overview

Walt Whitman's passionate writing style and bold subject matter have deeply influenced succeeding generations of American poets. Nearly all of his poems were published in Leaves of Grass, which Whitman obsessively expanded, edited, and republished throughout his life, ultimately leaving behind a powerful literary legacy. Twenty of his most commonly read and studied poems are discussed in depth in this volume, which features ideas for essay topics to aid students in developing and producing strong, effective essays on Whitman's enduring work.

Bloom's How to Write About Literature series is a valuable resource for students writing essays on great works of literature. Each volume in the series contains dozens of sample paper topics and brief discussions of how to approach the topics. Each volume also contains a detailed general chapter on how to write and format a good essay and an introduction by Harold Bloom, who meditates on the challenges and rewards of writing about the volume's subject author. Bloom's How to Write About Literature series is an essential tool for all students and a useful aid for teachers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133103
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Bloom's How to Write about Literature Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,307,573
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Introduction v

Volume Introduction vi

How to Write a Good Essay 1

How to Write about Walt Whitman 42

"One's Self I Sing" 60

"Starting from Paumanok" 68

"Song of Myself" 82

"I Sing the Body Electric" 103

"A Glimpse" 113

"When I Heard at the Close of Day" 120

"Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand" 128

"First O Songs for a Prelude" 138

"Cavalry Crossing a Ford" 147

"The Wound Dresser" 153

"O Captain! My Captain!" 164

"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" 171

"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" 179

"Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" 188

"When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" 197

"A Noiseless Patient Spider" 212

"Passage to India" 219

"Song of the Broad Axe" 229

"Song of the Exposition" 240

"The Compost" 249

Index 258

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