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Teaching Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

While “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” like most of Whitman’s poems, contains little in the way of a describable formal structure, it features a great deal of random internal patternings created by the repetition of words and phrases. This sense of repetition and revisiting reinforces the thematic content of the poem, which looks at the possibility of continuity within humanity based on common experiences.

Walt Whitman
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How is the theme shaped and refined by specific details?
STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3,4
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