Leaves of Grass Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What can be determined about Whitman's life experiences by the reading of the many poems which Whitman has crafted about the water?

A reader can speculate that Whitman spent a lot of time by the water when he was growing up and when he was older.

2. What is so strange about the idea that Whitman is so fervently patriotic in the poems he has written? When was Whitman born in relation to the 'birth' of the United States?

Whitman was born more than forty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but he still associates himself with the birth of the United States.

3. What parts of the United States structure does Whitman have a lot of respect for?

Whitman has a lot of respect for the Presidents of the United States and the branches of the military who helped free the U.S. from the British.

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