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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Author: Rachel Smith

The objective of this lesson is for my students to better understand the life of Walt Whitman so when they learn about his poems they could better understand them.

This is a short lesson about the life of Walt Whitman.

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Mini Bio on Walt Whitman

Source: Mini BIO - Walt Whitman. (2012, September 21). Retrieved December 11, 2014, from

Walt Whitman's Goals and Style

Walt Whitman greatly desired to be "The American Poet". He wanted to represent the people, which is very evident in his writing style. Whitman always tried to be inclusive, relating to the common man. This is seen in his book of poems, Leaves of Grass. Many people feel like the leaves of grass represent the common man, being fresh, new and alive, and even though the common man may be mowed down by struggles and hardships, they would grow back. Another aspect of Walt Whitman's writing was how untraditional he was. He did not let a set rhyme scheme or pattern control him, instead he preferred cataloging and using layers of imagery.