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Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg – A Comparison
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This 4 page report discusses the poetry of Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg and illustrates their similarities and differences. Sandburg was clearly influenced by Whitman’s work while still developing his own unique poetic voice. Each was passionate about their love for America and each expressed a concern and unbounded admiration for the average American man or woman. Bibliography lists 5 sources, each source is a poem from Whitman or Sandburg.
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Walt Whitman And Romanticism
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8 pages in length. Along with a handful of other famous poets, Walt Whitman represents the epitome of Romanticism. Inasmuch as the Romantic period is defined by a oneness with nature and the intangible world in general, Whitman took this historic opportunity to express myriad feelings he had in relation to life, environment, social composition. As well, Romanticism is also indicated by a certain sense of melancholy for which the poet utilizes as a vehicle for such intense expression. The writer discusses how the exact manner by which Whitman reveals this connection is an integral component to the poet's overall mystique, utilizing a number of literary techniques in order to achieve his objective. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Walt Whitman and His Influence on History
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This 8 page paper considers the influence that author Walt Whitman had on history, especially in relationship to his political and social perspectives. This paper relates some of the current arguments about Walt Whitman’s influence to elements in his own writings. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Songs of Timelessness - The Poetry of Walt Whitman
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A 3-page paper that examines the transcendentalist ideas of infinity and timelessness that are conveyed through the works of Walt Whitman. Included is a discussion of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and Song of Myself, both of which are included in Whitman's Leaves of Grass and both of which express the central idea of an ongoing cycle of life and death. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Poetic Persona
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This 5 page report discusses 'Song of Myself' and the ways in which Walt Whitman conveys his own vision of America. Whitman believed that it is actually the shared identity of time and place that serve as the greater aspect of human connections but shared identity is always known but never learned. His attitude suggests that he celebrates himself, thus everyone should, or at least could, do the same. No secondary sources.
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Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' and 'Sleepers'
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A 6 page paper contrasting Walt Whitman's outlook on life and the universe in these two poems. It concludes that In 'Song of Myself,' Whitman seems to assume that the other living creatures he observes and celebrates are as awake and exultant as he is; by the time he writes 'Sleepers,' he has observed that they are not. No additional sources cited.
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Walt Whitman/ Structure in Song of Myself
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A 5 page essay that analyzes structure in Whitman's Song of Myself. The writer argues that that Whitman's poem possesses considerable unity – just not in the traditional sense. The structural unity of the poem derives from rather abstract features, such as Whitman's consistent overall direction toward a greater comprehension of the "self" or "man," as well as cosmic patterns of life, death, and Whitman's perceptions of the nature of God. No additional sources cited.
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Dickinson’s A Spider Sowed At Night and Whitman’s Noiseless Patient Spider
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A great many differences are seen when comparing the life experiences between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. This 3 page paper argues that The style of A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman and A Spider Sewed At Night by Emily Dickinson is different, however, both poems can be categorized as 'nature' poems through the inclusion of the spider as metaphor for the soul. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Whitman’s “Noiseless Patient Spider”
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A 5 page paper on this poem by Walt Whitman, in the broader context of Whitman’s life and work. The paper observes that Whitman believed that our unique ability as Americans to use our creativity to reach out to one another -- like a spider spinning its web -- was both our defining characteristic and our salvation. Bibliography lists four sources (attached).
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Comparing Dickinson And Whitman
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Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman were contemporaries in time and space but worlds apart in experience. This 5 page paper argues that the poems, A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman and A Spider Sewed At Night by Emily Dickinson are both nature poems that employ allusion and repetition to compare the spider with the soul of the writer. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The 1855 Preface to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
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A five page paper which analyses Walt Whitman’s preface to Leaves of Grass, looking specifically at the way in which he deals with the topics of history and the past, the function of the poet, and the importance of the common man in relation to the United States as a whole. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'—A Celebration of Being American
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This 5 page report discusses one of Whitman's best known works, 'Song of Myself' and its un-self-conscious celebration of the experience being an American. Most of Whitman's poetry illustrates what can be accurately and appropriately described as of a 'shared identity' but 'Song of Myself' is the most lyrical in terms of the connection between humanity, God, and country. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Walt Whitman's War Poetry
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A 6 page essay which examines how 'Drum-Taps,' a slim volume of poetry concerning the American Civil War by Whitman, reflected the historical situation of that time. The writer argues that Whitman's poetry reflects an evolution of consciousness that reveals that emotions experienced by the American public as it goes from a patriotic war fever to a realization of the horror and reality of war. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' vs. 'The Federalist'/ Promises & Perils
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A 5 page essay responding to Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' [and 'The Federalist'] -- discussing how it illustrates that American writers usde a theme of uncertain or shared identity to comment on the promises and perils of American society. Only 'Song of Myself' is used as a source.
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The Poetry of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes as Idioms to Convey the American Experience
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A 5 page paper which examines how the poetry of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes served as idioms for the American experience by representing Americans who had never before been depicted in American poetry. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Thoreau & Whitman - Inner Reflection & Outer Expression
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A 3-page paper that examines first the primary transcendentalist thoughts expressed in the work of Henry David Thoreau and secondly the similarities and contrasts between the work of Thoreau and that of Walt Whitman. Works discussed are Thoreau's Economy and Solitude from Walden and Whitman's Song of Myself from Leaves of Grass. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Emerson's Call to Action in The American Scholar is Answered by Whitman in Song of Myself
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In 6 pages, the author discusses Emerson's speech on 'The American Scholar' and shows how Walt Whitman answered this call using Whitman's 'Song of Myself.' Emerson's call was for intellectual, cultural, and spiritual independence, which are important to transcendentalism. No other sources are cited.
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Whitman & Ginsberg
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A 5 page paper discussing two separate poems by Whitman and Ginsberg. The first poem is Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself,' and the second poem is Alan Ginsberg's 'Howl.' The poems are discussed in relationship to their depiction of individuality and freedom. Both poets depict their subjects in different ways, while still maintaining similarities. Both see these issues as illustrating the connected nature of humanity, whether spiritually or not. One speaks of hopelessness and the other or beauty and God. Each also speaks of these issues in ways that have been, and always will be, thought of for people will always continue to have hope or the lack of it. No additional sources cited.
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Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”
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A five-page paper analyzing Walt Whitman’s poem in terms of its relationship to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The paper looks carefully at symbolism and imagery, concluding that Whitman uses his poetic art to help him work through his shock and grief. No additional sources.
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Walt Whitman's Contribution to American Poetry
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A five page look at this seminal nineteenth-century poet. The paper analyzes the reason Whitman is considered the first modern American poet, and what characteristics make him so quintessentially American. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Walt Whitman / Comparative Analysis Of Two Poems
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In this 6 page essay, the writer uses two of Whitman's poems 'Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking,' and 'Song Of The Open Road, to show how the poets works were usually similar in theme yet dissimilar in purpose. The first of these is a poem filled with rich images, sounds, and symbolic meanings. The second is a collection of meaningful yet ambiguously patterned sentences decorated with inquiries into life-- yet each remain focused upon the underlying theme of humanity, nature, etc.; Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'

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A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the narration in Whitman's poem, considers the nature of the speaking eye, and discusses the narrator in terms of the effect on the poem. No additional sources cited.
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Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' And 'The Sleepers' # 2
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A 6 page paper that examines the significance of the major images Whitman provokes in relationship to: what he is trying to say and how he says it through the images. The paper posits that the images are the same, in that they reflect the triology of individual body, individual soul, and national soul, but that they are from contrary viewpoints: Sleepers--from the soul's view, Song--from the individual's view. No additional sources cited.
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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno”
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This 6 page report discusses “Song of Myself” and “Benito Cereno” in the context of the vision each of the authors had regarding race and power, freedom and self-knowledge. Whitman constantly asserts what he believes to be a pattern of life, death, and rebirth in the universe. Melville’s “Benito Cereno” raises issues related to America’s 19th century attitudes about race, status and competency that allow the reader to question many of the assumptions typically held about the premise of equality and independence that are supposedly central characteristics of American thought and belief. No bibliography.
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Comparing Whitman to Whitman
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A 5 page paper comparing two of Walt Whitman's works, discussing a carol appearing within one. There is no joy in either the eulogy to Lincoln or in the sailor's urging his captain to rise from his blood-stained space. The Carol of Death offers a glimmer of hope within "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." "O Captain, My Captain" is a lament for the fallen captain and for the sailor's loss. The Carol of Death, however, offers hope in the midst of sorrow. The thrush does not demand that the sufferer forget the one he mourns, but he does offer a positive view of death as a fitting culmination to a life well lived. No additional sources.
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Walt Whitman's Inspirations
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This 10 page paper contemplates the suggestion that Emerson made Whitman what he was, and refutes it by showing that later on—despite what critics have said—Whitman shined in his own right. Song of Myself is discussed as well as Whitman's role in the Civil War. The relationship between Emerson and Whitman is explored. Bibliography lists 5 sources
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Trancendentalism In Whitman’s Leaves Of Grass
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The task of transcendental philosophy is for thought to attend to its own movement, a movement which, in accordance with its essence as a conceiving and thus an experience of order, loses itself in the object, comes to rest in something other than itself. This 7 page paper explores the transcendental nature of Walt Whitman’s preface to Leaves of Grass and the poem, Song Of Myself. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Comparison of Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" and Hughes's "I Too"
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This 5 page paper compares and contrasts these Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes poems which contain similar features. Literary devices used are noted throughout the paper. No additional sources cited.
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Emerson's Influence on Whitman
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This 5 page paper takes the essay called "The Poet" by Ralph Waldo Emerson and evaluates it in respect to Walt Whitman's work. A connection is made between the two poets in respect to how they view the work of the writer. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Transcendentalist Roots In Whitman & Dickinson
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A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the ways in which Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson exhibited the influence of Emerson and Thoreau's Transcendentalism. The ideas expressed are supported by quotes from the literary works mentioned and several critical sources. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Rossetti's "Up Hill," Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" And Whitman's "Darest Thou Now O Soul": Meaning Of Death
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7 pages in length. The symbolic nature of life's path toward mortality is made crystal clear in Christina Rossetti's Up Hill, Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop For Death and Walt Whitman's Darest Thou Now O Soul. On the surface, it might appear to the reader as though the authors are speaking of a simple journey that one has taken; yet upon closer inspection, it becomes more and more evident that the journey is that which leads beyond this life. The reason why the student has chosen these particular poems is because they do not represent death in the typical morbid manner. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Whitman, Hardy, & Moss / Personification Of Objects
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A 5 page analysis of three poems that personify objects or objectify humans. The writer examines Walt Whitman's 'To A Locomotive In Winter,' Thomas Hardy's 'The Work Box,' & Howard Moss' 'Pruned Tree.' No additional sources cited.
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Walt Whitman and the Civil War
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A five page paper looking at the nineteenth-century poet’s involvement with and reactions toward the Civil War, as seen through his poetry and letters. Specific poems discussed are: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” “O Captain! My Captain!”, “An Army Corps on the March,” “Calvary Crossing a Ford,” “Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night,” “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim,” and “A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown”. The bibliography cites five sources.
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Influence of Hinduism on Emerson’s and Whitman’s Transcendentalism
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This 6 page report discusses the fact that American writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman could have any connection with the mysticism of Hindu thought and belief. The art form and consciousness of Transcendentalism as expressed by the two actually does echo the sensibilities of Hindu belief, despite the fact that it is not expressed as true Hindu belief. As always, the Americans give it their own unique interpretation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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How the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman Look Toward the Twentieth Century
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A 5 page paper which examines how their works not only envisioned the next century, but how their poetry contributed to the writings of other twentieth-century poets. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Risks, Benefits And Possible Necessity Of Democratic Action
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8 pages in length. The writer discusses the various notions and applications of democracy as they have existed throughout history, including references to Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Lauren Berlant and Frederick Douglass. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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"Wallace Stevens' 'Americana' and the American Renaissance"
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A five page paper showing how this poem, written in 1950, reflects back on authors of the American Renaissance such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. The paper explores Stevens' belief that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Americans grew to justify materialism and conformity on the mistaken belief that it's the American way, when in fact the writers of the American Renaissance held quite a different philosophy. No additional sources.
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The Appearance Of Birds
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The poems, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman both feature the appearance of birds. This 3 page paper asserts that The predominant symbolic meaning used in both poems for the particular bird is a call to memory. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living
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In 5 pages, the author takes Socrates’ statement in “Apology” that “the unexamined life is not worth living” and relates it to three other famous texts: Voltaire’s “Candide,” Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” concentrating on the voyage to Lilliput; and Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Studying The Arts: The Relationship To Understanding Europe and North America
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5 pages in length. The social, political and economical impact of the arts has been vast and encompassing to understanding Europe and North America. Throughout the Baroque, Enlightenment and Romantic Periods, the world was changing in leaps and bounds; indeed, those within artistic circles were not to be left behind. Particularly influential to this cultural understanding were Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, French artists Francois Boucher and Jacques-Louis David, as well as author Walt Whitman. The functions these artisans had upon the European and North American landscape was to demonstrate society's progressive nature as it related to each region's individual growth, which included – but was not limited to – feminism, politics and environment. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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O’Neill, Thoreau & Whitman – On Societal Inequities
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O’Neill, Thoreau & Whitman – On Societal Inequities: This 7-page essay compares Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape”, Henry Thoreau’s “Walden” and Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” In addition, these works are used to explore sociological ideologies germane to Man’s need to belong, economic disparities between classes and the like. Coming from different walks of life, these authors nonetheless shared acres of common ground with respect to their ideologies. Bibliography lists 5 sources. SNOneill.doc
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Emerson's Influence on Walt Whitman
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This 6 page paper focuses much attention on Whitman's Song of Myself, but it also looks at Emerson's influence. The language of the poets is a focal point of this paper that also includes a mock discussion between the poets and what they might have said to one another. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Placing Readers Into History:
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An 8-page paper analyzing the works of Rebecca Harding Davis, Herman Melville, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman in relation to their timelessness, the degree to which their works drew the reader in and historical periods as a setting for stories. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Analysis of Walt Whitman’s Poem, “A Passage to India” and E.M. Forster’s Novel, “A Passage to India”
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A 5 page paper which examines how Forster’s novel reacts to the assertions in Whitman’s poem. No additional sources are used.
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Whitman's 'Song of Myself'vs. Ginsberg's 'Howl'
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A 5 page paper that addresses the individual expectations of each of the authors with regard to these works, their personal experience, and how each saw his solution to the complexity and ambiguity in his personal existence in a nation in which it has become increasingly difficult to find a coherent ideology or ethnic identity. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman
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A five page paper looking at the thought of these three seminal nineteenth-century American writers as expressed in their works “Nature,” “Civil Disobedience,” and “Preface to Leaves of Grass,” respectively. The paper concludes that all three of these writers relied heavily on nature and natural metaphors to define what is unique about the American experience. No additional sources.
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Whitman's Song of Myself
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This 6 page paper explicates part 47 and provides insight into the meaning conveyed. The use of symbolism is discussed. No additional sources cited.
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