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For Thursday (2/9)

Sometimes – – if not always – – you can’t really judge or understand a poet’s value until/unless you understand the poetic context of his/her work.  For Tuesday, we’ll take a dip into the poetic waters surrounding Whitman.

Here’s a pop-up anthology of Whitman’s poetic peers.  Let’s all take a look at the first poem, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Village Blacksmith.”  After that, you’re on your own.  Select two other poems from the anthology to read.

A couple of things to pay attention to: 1) “content” – – do you see any thematic connections to Whitman?  If so, what differences and similarities between Whitman and his peer(s) do you notice?; 2) “form” – — do you see any formal (rhyme, rhythm, meter, diction, etc.) connections to Whitman? What differences and similarities do you notice between Whitman and his peer(s)?

Blog your comparison of Whitman and his peers.  No more than a couple of paragraphs of reflection to gather your thoughts before class.

Questions? Email me.  Or, stop by my virtual office hour tomorrow at 11 a.m. on google+!

One Comment

  1. Iona wrote:

    Whitman’s grave just can’t seem to catch a break…

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink

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