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Walt Whitman's Civil War Poetry


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Date: Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (EST)

Reflecting on the Civil War in 1892, Walt Whitman concluded, "The real war will never get in the books." But Whitman did try to bring the real war into his poems. An anti-slavery Democrat, who dressed the wounds of both Northern and Southern soldiers, Whitman wrote poems that describe the circumstances of war—from the exuberant optimism of 1861 to the blood-soaked exhaustion of 1865. How did he interpret the slaughter and sacrifice of the Civil War? How can we bring students to the "the real war" through his poems? This seminar is a collaboration between the National Humanities Center and public television's historical documentary film series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Participants will view the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film Walt Whitman and explore how to use it in the classroom.

Associate Professor of English
Carleton University
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