Example Manifestos #2

Some of you may want to explore your poetic side for the manifesto assignment. Here are a few famous examples of poems about “America” that you might find inspiring. Each of them is from a very different era and have very different poetic styles and political messages. Enjoy!

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) “I Hear America Singing.”

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) “I, too” (a response to Whitman’s earlier poem)

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) “America”

For analysis of and background about these poems check out websites like Schmoop.

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