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Teaching When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

The speaker remembers sitting at a lecture. He is politely listening with his hands folded in his lap. He watches as the lecturer, a famous and renowned astronomer, goes on and on (and on) about the stars. Except he isn't talking about the stars…

Walt Whitman
Public Domain


How does Whitman's use of language reflect his view of the difference between scientific knowledge and personal experience?
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone


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