Literature Works Essay

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This semester I have learned valuable tools and techniques when it comes to writing and analyzing different types of literature. I will thoroughly explore what Whitman, Columbus and Smith meant in specific passages of a few of their literature works. Whitman’s free verse poems, “Leaves of Grass” and “Song of Myself”, seemed to be most appealing. I also found Christopher Columbus’s “Letter to Lluis de Santangel” and “Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella” to be quite intriguing about life back then. Even John Smith’s writings such as “The General Historie of Virginia” and “A Description of New England” enlightened me to what it was they saw when venturing out in the new world.
Walt Whitman was an American poet whose free verse brought a new style and uniqueness to American poetry. “Free verse is poetry organized according to the cadences of speech and image patterns rather than according to a regular metrical scheme. The meter is irregular and its rhythms are based on patterned elements such as sounds, words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs, rather than on the traditional units of metrical feet” (“Free Verse Encyclopedia” 1). You can see his free verse style through his literary works such as “Leaves of Grass” and “Song of Myself”.
Whitman wrote broad stanzas and focused on the whole of America as his inspiration. His lines covered a wide range of topics and generated multiple points of view for the reader. He called his life’s work “Leaves of Grass”; stressing the importance on small objects like a blade of grass. A “leaf of grass” represents the re-growth in the world. For example, all things that once died lying on the grass could be re- grown as that very leaf. “They are alive and well somewhere; the smallest sprout shows there is really no death” (Baym, Levine, Franklin 125-126). Even in Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” he mentions the objects as if they had human like characteristics and qualities. In “Song of Myself” he says: “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars”. This is saying that the leaf of grass is no less important than the stars. No matter what material each is composed of, they each are intertwined in some way, shape, or form; each having an important roll in life. (Baym, Levine, Franklin 662).
His free verse style created a new technique and idea for American poetry giving poets a new distinctiveness. He was able to go through multiple words and images in his head creating repetition giving his poems diversity and freshness. You can see Whitman’s influence in poets such as Pablo Neruda, Fernando Pessoa, and Allen Ginsberg (“Whitman Concise” 1). Walt Whitman is considered to be a renowned poet who opened the door for an all new spin on American poetry.
Now let me take you back in time, even before Walt Whitman existed, a time where two men named John Smith and Christopher Columbus would soon become famous. These two main explorers, Christopher Columbus and John Smith, set out on journeys...

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