Among numerous other poets, Walt Whitman is unquestionably the greatest supporter of democracy. Of course, many of English romantic poets were faithful adherents of democracy. However, Whitman’s vision of democracy was much more vivid and realistic. It can be stated that he was a systematic follower of political realities. He denounced all prerogatives and vested interest and reflected complete harmony between the individual and society.
Walt Whitman and Robert Frost are both deservedly considered as the most outstanding American poets. With no doubts, there is a number of differences and similarities that can be recognized in the poetry of these distinguished poets. They both can be regarded as the poets who initially formed their verse in order to appeal to a vast audience and intended to make them rather accessible pieces. Also, both Whitman and Frost in their poetry considered a variety of nature 's aspects. At the same time, the major distinction that can be seen in their works is in their fundamental sense of the world.
An iconic figure in the history of American literature, Walt Whitman was born on the 31st May 1819. Today his contribution and works in the poetic world have come to define sentimentalism, ambitions and some key experiences that Americans underwent in the 19th century. Even though he may have been politically inactive, his work had the will to display political views. Having survived through the civil war, he grew much affectionate perception on the nature and complexity of American polity. Whitman’s view of America was that of a culturally diverse society that we currently witness as such this vision was mainly expressed in his poetic works.
After ready this essay do you agree with Whitman;s idea of a working society in america? In Walt Whitman’s poem, “I hear America Singing ,” Whitman describes how America is a working society. Whitman shows that in America has patriotism and pride for one’s country. Whitman also shows individualism. Whitman also describes how the females and males have differences.
The values of Romanticism include the idea of individualism, human’s respect toward nature, and the emphasis on emotions. During the Romantic Era, many authors began to promote individuality and to oppose the society. In their art works, Romanticists often try to convince the public that all individuals should be unique, different from everyone else. Instead of following the social trends and copy others, individuals should trust their own decisions. The idea of individuality is clearly presented in Self Reliance, a prose written by Ralph Emerson.
The wish to reach people is clear for both Whitman and Douglass. Whitman states throughout his poem that he is the voice of the world and also gives a sense of preaching and utters his feelings for all to hear him, in the first verse of “Song of Myself” he writes: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume, you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you" (p. 1024 Baym & Levine S., 2013) By doing this Whitman introduces himself and at the same time identifies with the reader. He also states that he should be celebrated not only by himself, but also by the reader because they are the same. He also gives off a feeling that his writing is true and good, we get the feeling he is one of us and at the same time a poet. This leads to comparing Whitman with a preacher or public speaker of some sort, he wishes to be
The poetry of the early Republic contributed to development of “a sense of nationhood by binding people together in the common expression of patriotic sentiments” (Gilmore 594). Thus, oral forms, such as the ballad and the song were widespread. “These poems were meant to be sung in groups, as collective speech; structural elements like the refrain or the use of simple repetition, as in the anonymous ‘Ballad of Nathan Hale’ (1776), invited listeners to join in” (594). During the revolutionary period the popular literary styles of America followed those of the English
For instance, the poet David Humphreys (1752-1818) developed The Widow of Malabar (1790) from a French source. While Dwight and Barlow devoted their time to create a national epic, Royall Tyler (1756–1826) was busy trying to establish a national tradition of American drama (Ibid 40). He is most known for The Contrast, written in 1787. It was the “first comedy by someone born in America to receive a professional production” was praised as “proof that these new climes are particularly favorable to the cultivation of arts and sciences” (qtd. in Gray 40).
Transcendentalist Owl City In the 1840’s, writers and thinkers in the literary world started to think outside of the box, even more so than Romanticism. This movement is Transcendentalism, a philosophical movement based in New England that later migrated to America. Transcendentalists believed that intuition and the individual conscience could “transcend” experience, making them better guides to truth than logical reason. They were also called Romantic Transcendentalists because they respected romantic ideals, such as independence, individuality, and nature. They believed that man must think independently in order to truly learn about the world.
Lois Armstrong’s Trumpet).The Harlem Renaissance was also remembered for bringing powerful poetry to literacy, including the great work of Langston Hughes (Doc 4. Langston Hughes).While America gained many great cultural advances, the Harlem Renaissance formulated some tension. Not everyone agreed with the new and improved image which African Americans were claiming and they wanted things to stay conventional. There was debate between those who wanted to keep things traditional and those who encouraged change within