Lecture Twenty Seven Whitman and the Making of an American Bard

Scope: In lecture 27 we are introduced to Walt Whitman, the writer who marks "the birth of American poetry" with his compendium of poems in free verse, a work that breaks rank with the rhyme and meter of traditional poetry. An enemy of censorship, aristocracy, and parochialism, Whitman invents a world that embraces all, a pantheistic appeal for tolerance and democratic unity.

Objectives- Upon completion of this lecture, you should be able to:

1. Compare the attitudes of Whitman and Blake concerning the repression of desire.

2. Explain how Whitman's poetics embody a declaration of independence from poetic tradition.

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