1) Selecting THREE lyrics, discuss the poetic strategies
Whitman employs in these distinct responses to (or in the case of “Drums,” forebodings of) the casualties of the
Civil War. 2) How does Whitman adapt his poetry to personal or national mourning? 3) How does each poem’s
occasion drive the poet’s choices of persona, tone, and/or form? 4) What metaphors or allusions does
Whitman employ in each case, and why? 5) Are these elegies utterly distinct, or are they linked by a single
response to the trauma of war?
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