Portfolio Assignment 6.4: Write a Transcendental Poem
It is now your turn to write your own transcendental poem modeled after Walt Whitman’s “There Was a Child Went Forth.” This is your chance to explore and exercise your own transcendental thinking. To make writing this poem easier on you, it will be divided up into sections, much like Whitman’s, and have a required number of lines in each section or stanza.
Look back on the poem and notice how the poem discusses how the child is made up of the following:
- locations and the people the child encounters at those locations
- the family and home
- the community
This is how you will structure your poem as well. Please don’t feel compelled to rhyme—nothing ruins a great poem more than a forced rhyme! Your poem should begin exactly like Whitman’s, replacing the pronouns for the appropriate gender, of course.