Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Walt Whitman

Works Discussed:
* Whitman, From "1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass" (2195-2200); From "Song of Myself" (2210-2229)

Topics Discussed:
* Democratic Vision: Diversity, Equality
* Relation Between the Self and the Collective (Society)
* Transcendentalist Influence on Philosophical Outlook
* Conception of American Poet's Role
* View of Poetry/Art
* Deviations From Traditional Poetic Conventions
* Views of Death, Sex, Human Body and Soul, The Past and Present, The Modern World

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