When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

This week in class, we’re reading “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman.

In this poem by the “father of free verse,” the speaker prefers nature to the astronomer’s cold, organized lecture.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Technology, Progress & Industry as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What are the costs and benefits of technology?”

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