You have read Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” this week. His poetry was seen as revolutionary for his experimentation with the traditional poetic line and for his celebration of the common man. He is seen as the father of modern poetry and viewed by many as the first notable American poet. He writes at a time of significant change: he experienced industrialization and the rise of cities, the horrors and anxieties of the Civil War, and the great boon that came with emancipation and the war’s end. Give a two paragraph reflection on your reaction to the poem. What do you think he is trying to express? Cite specific moments that interest you. Correct grammar, spelling and sentence structure is expected. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/p…this is the link for the poem.
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