Scope: We consider in lecture 28 how Whitman is a throwback to the bards of the ancient world, a messenger of political and cultural information. A bold experimenter in form and content, Whitman's "free verse" disdains the traditional forms used by Shakespeare and Blake. Whitman is one of the first writers to insist that the stuff of daily life—anyone's life—is fit for poetic contemplation.
Objectives- Upon completion of this lecture, you should be able to:
1. Summarize what is meant in the lecture that "Whitman is the most fraternal writer in American literature."
2. Explain why Whitman's poetry—both in form and content—was so controversial in its time.
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