Day 2

Leaves of Grass Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Whitman brings up the fact that he has no fear of death. Why is this?

    He specifies that he feels he has lives many times before. Discuss the idea of reincarnation with the students and how a belief in it might affect a fear of death as we know it. Do you think Whitman's expressions of lack of fear of death are genuine? Why or why not?

  2. 2

    Whitman says that God is not greater than the Self. What do you think he means by that?

    Whitman's vision of the Self is one intertwined with the divine, containing the wonders of the universe. Students should discuss Whitman's concept of free will and the ways in which he elevates the self to magical status. Do they see this...

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