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Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Walt Whitman
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Walt Whitman: life
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Whitman was born in West Hills, in the state of ________. He had little formal education and started to work when he was a ________. After working as an office boy, Whitman became a printer's apprentice for a local ________. He used journalism as a means to support democratic causes. When he was about ________, Whitman travelled to New Orleans, exploring the vastness of his country. During his American journey, he acquired a ________ culture, reading widely from the Bible, Dante, Shakespeare and many other books, including works on ________ religion and philosophy.
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Leaves of Grass: key words
Tick the words or phrases related to Leaves of Grass.
A: Body.
B: Impulses.
C: Pastoral.
D: Tradition.
E: Experience.
F: Nature.
G: Reason.
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Walt Whitman: life
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Whitman was accused of being obscene and ________.
2. During the ________ War he visited wounded American soldiers.
3. He always believed in the values of ________ and technological progress.
4. In 1873, when he retired in New Jersey, Whitman was visited by numerous admirers and ________.
5. After his death Whitman became enormously popular in Europe, while in America he influenced later poets such as ________ and the Beat Generation.
6. Whitman is considered the father of American poetry, because his voice was ________ and 'American'.
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Walt Whitman: works
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1. The ________ edition of Leaves of Grass contained 12 poems.
2. The ________ edition of Leaves of Grass aroused the indignation of puritanical readers.
3. Whitman's collection Drum-Taps contained ________ celebrating the abolition of slavery and Lincoln's democracy.
4. Sequel to Drum-Taps was written in ________.
5. The fourth edition of Leaves of Grass, published in ________, included two previous collections of poems.
6. Whitman wrote his last poems and ________ in Camden, New Jersey.
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Walt Whitman: democracy and individualism
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Whitman can be seen as the ________ of democracy and individualism.
2. Whitman's poetry is full of ________.
3. Whitman had a romantic kind of faith in the future of ________.
4. Whitman's poems celebrate the American civilisation in all its aspects, that is, the land, its people and its ________ life.
5. To Whitman the United States are a wonderful expression of the idea of ________.
6. Whitman always believed in the 'American ________'.
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Walt Whitman: democracy and individualism
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. In his poems Whitman particularly focuses on himself and on his ________, as a poet, to give voice to the common man.
2. Whitman feels the need to reveal the ________ about the world, like a prophet.
3. Not only does Whitman celebrate ________, he also sees himself contained in other men and women.
4. Whitman deals with two ________ of love: brotherly love for his neighbour and physical love.
5. Whitman's poetry develops the theme of ________ in a direct and honest way.
6. The most important value for Whitman is the ________ of the individual, conceived as the unity of ________ and soul.
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Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Leaves of Grass includes all of Whitman's poetry.
B: The 1st edition of the book was published on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day.
C: The 1st edition of Leaves of Grass shows a photograph of the author as a 'democratic bard'.
D: Whitman introduced the poems individually, with a brief commentary on every lyric.
E: Whitman introduces the subject matter, language and aim of the book in the preface.
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Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Leaves of Grass
A: is not a simple collection of poems, but a life-long poem.
B: followed a process of development and expansion.
C: is based on the traditional forms and structures of 19th-century poetry.
D: contains a transcendental sense of the unity of all things.
E: imposes rigidity and completeness upon reality.
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Walt Whitman: view of nature
The following features refer either to Walt Whitman or to his contemporaries. Choose the correct alternative.
A: Pastoral view of nature:
B: View of nature as a material entity:
C: View of nature as the place of the spirit:
D: View of nature as a place offering shelter and relief from the stress of the city:
E: View of nature as the body of the earth:
F: View of nature as continuous with the human body and its sensual impulses:
G: Mystical relation with the earth:
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Leaves of Grass: style
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The themes of Whitman's poetry needed traditional means of expression. The author rejected rhymes and regular lines in favour of blank verse. His lines are short and their rhythm follows the flow of the thoughts or emotions described. Whitman makes little use of accumulation and addition, replacing the finite verb with the participle to give an impression of unity. On the other hand, he avoids similes and metaphors because he does not aim at evoking, but at denying and celebrating. His new language mixes dialect and common songs with technical terms from science and philosophy.
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