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.