Over the course of the last month, we’ve come to the understanding that poetry is a wonderful means of expressing tremendous emotion. While we often think of poems as cute bits of rhythmic writing that sometimes rhyme, they actually tackle much deeper subjects. In essence, poetry is a vehicle for exploring the deepest recesses of our innermost selves.
Today, we are going to take a ride in the poetry-vehicle by reading O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman!
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THE TASK: First, read Whitman’s O Me! O Life! (click here for the text). Once you’ve engaged with the poem, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.
A) Describe the process of reading Whitman’s poem. How did it make you feel? What did you think about upon finishing it?
B) Choose and present a line from the poem that you find especially intriguing. What interest you about this line? How does Whitman’s diction/syntax contribute to the feel of the poem?
C) The poem ends with an “answer” of sorts. What is the question posed in the preceding lines? How would you paraphrase this answer in your words?
D) What is another work (poem/movie/song/play/novel/whatever) that has provided you some sort of answer? In what way(s) does the work answer something for you? Feel free to include a link to this material!