You, the Freelance Journalist

In this assignment students are taking on the role of a journalist in 1859 who has been contracted to write a review of upstart new poet Walt Whitman’s Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking for a fictitious newspaper called the “Long Island Daily News.” Students must make a close reading of poem, while explaining why this poetry is so novel and why it is “canonical,” in your learned opinion.

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