America's most influential poet

The story of Walt Whitman, a realism poet

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Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Walt Whitman one of Americas most influential poets was born on may 31, 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, New York. He published twelve unnamed poems preface tittles "Leaves of Grass". At the time the book was published it was considers highly con traversal but would later become a landmark in american literature. In 1862 Whitman did volunteer nursing after visiting one of his wonder brothers. An estimate he say he made 600 hospital visits and saw anywhere between 80,000-100,000 patients. in 1865 he published a new collection called "Drum Taps" inspired by experiences from wooded soldiers. On March 26, 1892, Walt Whitman died at home at the age of 72

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"Whatever Satisfies the soul is the truth"

O Captain! My Captain!


O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here Captain! dear father!

This arm beneath your head!

It is some dream that on the deck,

You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,

The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;

Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

But I with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

T: The title makes me think that is a solider talking about his captain

P: This poem was about a army going to war and winning but loosing there captain.

C: (+) _________________________________________(-)

our fearful trip is done___________________Fallen cold and dead

Exult O shores, and ring O bells____________But I with mournful tread

A: very prideful that they won the battle they were scared to go to but sad cause they had a great captain that was lost.

S: shifts from happy they won the war to sad the captain is dead. " The prize we sought is won, the part is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting". " You've fallen cold and dead. My captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still..."

T: A solider mourning his captains death

T: no matter how great a win lost can come at anytime

"I accept reality and dare not question it"

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Naval battle at Lissa - Konstantinos Volanakis

This picture connects to the writer because he wrote a piece call "O Captain! My Captain". This was a battle on the water that the army ends up losing there captain. This particular poem is one of his most famous and i think the painting would have given him a lot of inspiration.
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The Original Tobey "Battle at The Alamo"

This picture relates to the poet because he wrote a serious of poems about war. His inspiration was wounded soldiers and the story's they told.
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Grace Metalius

I choose this because Whitman was a very controversial writer. this picture would have been very controversial in this time period.
The Battle Cry of Freedom (Union Version)
this would connect with whitman because he wrote poems during the civil war. He opposed slavery and supported the free soil platform
American civil war music - Fifes and Drums
this song would connect to Whitman because he has a poem about drum taps. this would have inspired his poem.

citations for Quotaions

"Walt Whitman Quote." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2016.