American Literature Reflections Term Paper

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American poet Walt Whitman, "One's-Self I Sing," "Song of Myself" #s 1,6,9,10,12,14,15,31,33, and 52, and "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night." Specifically, it will reflect on three pieces of work and show what is going on in historical context, information about the author, what period he wrote these works, and how these works reflect personal experience.

Walt Whitman wrote during the Civil War, and he wrote much about the horrors of battle, and losing one's family, which clearly shows in "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night." In this poem, the narrator keeps vigil over his dead son, and then buries him, which thousands of Americans were doing as the Civil War wore on. The language of the poem is rich and emotional, "Vigil final for you brave boy, (I could not save you, swift was your death, / I faithfully loved you and cared for you living, I think we shall surely meet again,)" (Whitman 217), and clearly reflects the father's (and the country's) anguish at the continuing war. "One's-Self I Sing" is a short poem written after the war was over, and the entire nine lines seem like a celebration. They speak of man and woman equally, and celebrate Democracy and freedom. They are almost a celebration that the war is over, the…

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