One of the giants of American poetry, Walt Whitman brought forth a the new, broad land of American into literary form, creating a masterpiece in the process. Divided into short segments, Leaves of Grass examines the transition from agrarian to urban life, the American identity and love of democracy, and the Transcendentalism of the 1830s and 1840s, presenting us with a picture of American's unique charms and the begininnings of modern literature in the United States.
This enriched classic edition includes even more background information to help you get the most out of your reading, including:A background introduction Timeline of significant events Outline of key themes and plot points Explanatory notes Critical analysis and modern perspectives Discussion Questions
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP
A collection of quintessentially American poems, the seminal work of one of the most influential writers of the nineteenth century.
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- A concise introduction that gives readers important background information
- A chronology of the author's life and work
- A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
- An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations
- Detailed explanatory notes
- Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work
- Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
- A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience
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Walt Whitman (1819-1892), arguably one of America's most influential and innovative poets, was born into a working-class family in West Hills, New York, and grew up in Brooklyn. His Leaves of Grass, from which "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" comes, is considered one of the central volumes in the history of world poetry. While most other major writers of his time enjoyed a highly structured, classical education at private institutions, Whitman forged his own rough and informal curriculum, and his brief stint at teaching suggests that Whitman employed what were then progressive techniques -- encouraging students to think aloud rather than simply recite, and involving his students in educational games.
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