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Walt Whitman

(1819-1892)

"the greatest and most influential poet the United States has ever produced." (Wikipedia)

 

(Updated on 15/05/2011)


 

 


Interactive quizzes 'Leaves of Grass'
Lesson plans "O Captain! My Captain!"
Listening 'The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle'
The writer  
Webquests  

 

 

The writer :

  • Walt Whitman
    Whitman's New York - The National Poet - What's Your View? - Timeline - Learn More - Teacher's Guide
    "Walt Whitman offers insights into social studies topics including the Civil War, the impact of war on soldiers and their families, American literary history, the history of New York City, the role of creative expression in response to political and military events, and more."
    (PBS)

 

  • One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
    "This exhibit about the poet Walt Whitman features a timeline of Whitman's life illustrated primarily with portraits of the poet.
    It also includes an introduction to the poet, an essay, audio excerpts from Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," audio of Whitman reading "America," and profiles of some of "Whitman's heirs" (such as jazz musician Charlie Parker and painter Jackson Pollock)."
    From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
    (npg.si.edu)

 

  • Walt Whitman (Wikipedia)
    1 Early life
    2 Poetry
    3 Political views
    4 American Civil War
    5 Later life
    6 Manuscripts
    7 Influence on later poets
    8 Whitman and homosexuality
    9 Chronology
    10 Cultural references
    11 Selected works
    12 Notes
    13 External links
  • The Walt Whitman Archive (whitmanarchive.org)
    "Visit for a biography, contemporary literary criticism, a gallery of photographs, and complete e-texts of many of his works.
    My favorite click is a thirty-six second MP3 audio clip of what is thought to be Whitman reciting four lines from his "America" poem." (Education World)

 

 

  • Walt Whitman (classroomelectric.org)
    - with "images of original manuscripts, rare photographs, notebooks, scrapbooks, letters..."

 

Listening :

  • One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
    "This exhibit about the poet Walt Whitman features a timeline of Whitman's life illustrated primarily with portraits of the poet.
    It also includes an introduction to the poet, an essay, audio excerpts from Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," audio of Whitman reading "America," and profiles of some of "Whitman's heirs" (such as jazz musician Charlie Parker and painter Jackson Pollock)."
    From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
    (npg.si.edu)

 

 

  • The Walt Whitman Archive (whitmanarchive.org)
    "My favorite click is a thirty-six second MP3 audio clip of what is thought to be Whitman reciting four lines from his "America" poem." (Education World)

 

'The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle':

 

'Leaves of Grass':

  • One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
    "This exhibit about the poet Walt Whitman features a timeline of Whitman's life illustrated primarily with portraits of the poet.
    It also includes an introduction to the poet, an essay, audio excerpts from Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," audio of Whitman reading "America," and profiles of some of "Whitman's heirs" (such as jazz musician Charlie Parker and painter Jackson Pollock)."
    From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
    (npg.si.edu)

 

  • 'Leaves of Grass' (Wikipedia)
    1 Overview
    2 Editions and origin
    3 Censorship controversy
    4 Later criticism and fame
    5 Reference
    6 External links

'O Captain! My Captain!' :

  • O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman (read by Tom O'Bedlam)
    "According to Walt Whitman, this is about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
    It is hard to see anything particularly relevant to that occasion but the American people accepted this poem as a suitable tribute and it became very popular. I suspect it owes a lot to Moby Dick - Melville was the same age as Whitman..."

    or Another video
    (YouTube)

 

  • Walt Whitman's O Captain My Captian! Poem Analysis
    "I created this video analysis of Whitman's famous post-Civil War poem, "O Captain My Captain!" to show my middle school students an example of how you take a piece of history and analyze it using iMovie."

    (YouTube)

 

  • O Captain, my Captain! | Thank you to Robin Williams (HD)
    "A thank you to the wonderful Robin Williams.May he rest in Peace.
    The scene is taken from "Dead Poets Society" where the students tribute to their teacher Mr. Keating (Robin Williams)
    who taught them think different, to seize the day (carpe diem) and to stand up for what is right."

    (YouTube)

 

 

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