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miércoles, 15 de enero de 2014

Walt Whitman: The Voice of America

Walt Whitman is considered one of the most important American poets. Watch this video to learn more about him.

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Answer the following questions about his life, after watching the video:
1. Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
2. When and where was he born?
3.  Did he go to University? Why? Why not?
4. What was his first job?
5. He was very modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
6. What´s the title of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
7. When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go?
8. His experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?
9. Why is he considered the poet of Democracy?
10. What health problem did he suffer from?





We are going to read and study 3 of his poems:
- TEARS
- BEAT! BEAT! DRUMS!
- I HEAR AMERICA SINGING

Have a look at these prezi to read the poems and learn some facts about them.








Here you have the full poems to analyze and study:

1. TEARS
Tears! tears! tears! 
In the night, in solitude, tears, 
On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by the sand, 
Tears, not a star shining, all dark and desolate, 
Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head; 
O who is that ghost? that form in the dark, with tears? 
What shapeless lump is that, bent, crouch'd there on the sand? 
Streaming tears, sobbing tears, throes, choked with wild cries; 
O storm, embodied, rising, careering with swift steps along the beach! 
O wild and dismal night storm, with wind--O belching and desperate! 
O shade so sedate and decorous by day, with calm countenance and 
regulated pace, 
But away at night as you fly, none looking--O then the unloosen'd ocean, 
Of tears! tears! tears! 



2. BEAT! beat! drums!--Blow! bugles! blow!



3.  I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs



If you are interested in Whitman, you can watch this film to learn more things about his poetry, topics, style, feelings and impact of his poetry.
https://www.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/Whitman.html


6 comentarios:

Mirian Shobanjo dijo...

WALT WHITMAN:
1.Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
He revolucionated the American poetry, opening new topics that nobody would touch.
2.When and where he born?
May 31st of 1819 in New York.
3.Did he go to university? Why? Why not?
No, because he and his family were poor.
4.What was his first job?
Teacherm, he tough for 5 years.
5.He was modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
He agreed the woman's right and the inmigration.
6.What was the tittle of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
Leaves of Grass. Because he represents his celebration of his philosophy of life and humanity
7.When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go? He moved attend his brother. To a hospital.
8.He experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?

9.Why is considered the poet of Democracy? Because all of his works talked about the neighbourhood.

Miriam Perdiguero dijo...

1. Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
Because he made a new poetic form

2. When and where was he born?
He was born on May the 31 of 1819
in West Hills, New York.

3. Did he go to University? Why? Why not?
He didn't go to universty because his family need him to support them

4. What was his first job?
His first job was as teacher, in a school house.

5. He was very modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
Strong ideas about women proper rights about emigration and slavery.

6. What´s the title of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
His greatest work is Leaves of grass.Is important because he wrote political ideas about the world.

7. When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go?
He spend his time working as volunteer.He go to attend his brother.

8. His experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?
In the sense of the emotions because he saw many soldiers dead because of the Civil War. And he saw many tragedy.

9. Why is he considered the poet of Democracy?
Becasue all his poems are based in the emotion of the universal brotherhood. He though that the posibility of America was to achieve a brotherhood that no one other cultures had been able to achieve.

10. What health problem did he suffer from?
He suffer a stroke and live in partial paralyse.

Angel Luis Martinez dijo...

1. Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
Introducing new topics and new ways of writings.

2. When and where was he born?
He was born on May the 31 of 1819
in West Hills, New York.

3. Did he go to University? Why? Why not?
He didn´t go to the university because his family hasn´t enough money

4. What was his first job?
Was to be a teacher.

5. He was very modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
He agreed the rights of the women, the emigration and slavery

6. What´s the title of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
Leaves of grass. Beacuse in his work, he speaks about topics that no one have speak before.

7. When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go?
He speands his time going to visit his brother to the hospital.

8. His experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?
They influenced him in emotions.

9. Why is he considered the poet of Democracy?
Because all of his works were based in the emotion of the universal brotherhood.

10. What health problem did he suffer from?
He suffer a stroke.

Paula Gutierrez dijo...

1.Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
He is considered a revolutionary man in poetry because he invented a new poetic form and open up new topics that nobody would touch.
2.When and where was he born?
He was born on May 31st of 1819 in New York.
3.Did he go to university? Why? Why not?
No, because his family need him helping at home.
4.What was his first job?
His first job was as a teacher when he was 17.
5.He was modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
Women´s property right, immigration and slavery
6.What was the tittle of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
The tittle of his greatest work was Leaves of Grass. Because it was about a completely broke poetic convention that has influenced poets like never after.
7.When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go?
He spend his time working on a office and as a volunteer visiting soldiers
8.His experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?
In the sense of empathize with the soldiers who experienced the Civil war
9.Why is he considered the poet of Democracy?
Becouse all of his poems are based on the notion of the universal brotherhood
10.What health problem did he suffer from?
He suffer a stroke. He was living impartialy paralyse.

Alex Gonzalez dijo...

1. Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
He revolutionized the American poetry, he write about topics that nobody would touch.
2. When and where he born?
He was born on May 31st of 1819 in New York.
3. Did he go to university? Why? Why not?
No, because he and his family were poor.
4. What was his first job?
He worked as a teacher, he was 17, he teach for 5 years.
5. He was modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
Some of his ideas were the immigration, the woman's right and slavery.
6. What was the title of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
His greatest work was Leaves of Grass. Because he wrote there his philosophy and abouts topics that no one had speak before.
7. When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go?
He spent his time attending his brother in the hospital
8. He experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?
His experiences influenced him in his emotions, he empathized with the soldiers that had fought in the Civil War.
9. Why is considered the poet of Democracy?
Because all of his poems had to be with the universal brotherhood.
10. What health problem did he suffer from?
He suffered a stroke.

Miri Ll dijo...

1. Why is he considered a revolutionary man in poetry?
He was considered a revolutionary man in poetry because he wrote about ideas and topics that nobody used to talk about and he inovated the way of writting poetry.

2. When and where was he born?
He was born on May the 31th of 1819 in West Hills, New York.

3. Did he go to University? Why? Why not?
No, because he and his parents couldn't afford it.

4. What was his first job?
When he was 17 he started working as a teacher.

5. He was very modern in his ideas. Write down the names of some of his worries.
Some of his worries were about women's rigths, inmigration and slavery.

6. What´s the title of his greatest work? Why is it so important in the world of poetry?
The tittle of his greattest work is Leaves of Grass. It was so important because he exposed his modern ideas like the philosophy of life and humanity and also political ideas.

7. When he moved to Washington because of the Civil War, how did he spend his time? Where did he go?
He became a volunteer. He went to hospital to visit ger brother.

8.His experiences in Washington influenced him a lot in his next pieces of writing. In what sense?
In the sense of understand better the crisis that they were living and he saw many catastrophes.

9. Why is considered the poet of Democracy?
He talked about the universal brotherhood.

10. What health problem did he suffer from?
He suffered a stroke and he lived in partial paralyse.