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    Walt Whitman: Father of American Free Verse

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    Dscribe Whitman's style of writing. What are some of the characteristics of his poetry that you have observed? What motifs (patterns) and themes does he touch on? What seems to be his philosophy on life in general?

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    Walt Whitman is considered the father of American Free Verse. Whitman's major impact on American poetry comes from the fact that he divorced his style from that of structured verse. Prior to Whitman, almost all poetry was written in forms, such as the villanelle, ghazal, and the sestina, for example. You can easily look these up on the internet if you want to know more.

    Whitman moved away from structured form poems so that he could present poetry to the masses; he believed that poetry ...

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    This solution helps students understand why Walt Whitman is a significant American poet.