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Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy

Explore the idea of democratic poetry. Upper graders read Walt Whitman, examining daguerreotypes, and compare Whitman to Langston Hughes. They describe aspects of Whitman's I Hear America Singing to Langston Hughes' Let America Be America Again. Then discuss the democratizing effect of early photography and relate that to Whitman's poetry.

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10th - Higher Ed
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