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Teaching When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd is a long poem in the form of an elegy written by American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) in 1865. It is a 206-line poem written in free verse and employing many of the devices and conceits of the pastoral elegy. The poem was written in the Summer of 1865 during a period of profound national mourning in the aftermath of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865.

Walt Whitman
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ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How does Whitman use symbolic imagery to explore the theme of death?
STANDARDS:
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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