Poetry For Young People: Walt Whitman

Editor Jonathan Levin
Illustrator Jim Burke

Sterling | June 30, 1997 | Hardcover

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"An outstanding introduction to Whitman''s life and work. A biographical sketch and a description of the time period...preface this collection of 26 poems and excerpts. Levin... introduces each selection with pertinent information about its relevance to a larger work, its relationship to Whitman''s beliefs, or the symbolism within it... selections are thought provoking, descriptive, and full of emotion. Burke''s pastel drawings add to the feelings...and to the emotional impact of each poem...This superb volume can be used to teach literature or to show a variety of poetic devices and style."--School Library Journal. 48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 10 × 8.5 × 0.37 in

Published: June 30, 1997

Publisher: Sterling

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0806995300

ISBN - 13: 9780806995304

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 12

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Poetry For Young People: Walt Whitman

Editor Jonathan Levin
Illustrator Jim Burke

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 10 × 8.5 × 0.37 in

Published: June 30, 1997

Publisher: Sterling

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0806995300

ISBN - 13: 9780806995304

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"An outstanding introduction to Whitman''s life and work. A biographical sketch and a description of the time period...preface this collection of 26 poems and excerpts. Levin... introduces each selection with pertinent information about its relevance to a larger work, its relationship to Whitman''s beliefs, or the symbolism within it... selections are thought provoking, descriptive, and full of emotion. Burke''s pastel drawings add to the feelings...and to the emotional impact of each poem...This superb volume can be used to teach literature or to show a variety of poetic devices and style."--School Library Journal. 48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.

About the Author

Walt Whitman was born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a carpenter. He left school when he was 11 years old to take a variety of jobs. By the time he was 15, Whitman was living on his own in New York City, working as a printer and writing short pieces for newspapers. He spent a few years teaching, but most of his work was either in journalism or politics. Gradually, Whitman became a regular contributor to a variety of Democratic Party newspapers and reviews, and early in his career established a rather eccentric way of life, spending a great deal of time walking the streets, absorbing life and talking with laborers. Extremely fond of the opera, he used his press pass to spend many evenings in the theater. In 1846, Whitman became editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, a leading Democratic newspaper. Two years later, he was fired for opposing the expansion of slavery into the west. Whitman's career as a poet began in 1885, with the publication of the first edition of his poetry collection, Leaves of Grass. The book was self-published (Whitman probably set some of the type himself), and despite his efforts to publicize it - including writing his own reviews - few people read it. One reader who did appreciate it was essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote a letter greeting Whitman at "the beginning of a great career." Whitman's poetry was unlike any verse that had ever been seen. Written without rhyme, in long, loose lines, filled with poetic lists and exclamati
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An illustrated collection of twenty-six poems and excerpts from longer poems by the renowned nineteenth-century poet

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 12

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