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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.
Filename: BWwhit.rtf

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.
Filename: Whitwar.wps

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.
Filename: Waltw.wps

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.
Filename: TGwalang.wps

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.
Filename: LCInOut.doc

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