When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomd by walt whitman 1 when lilacs last in the dooryard bloomd and at last but a few shreds left on the staffs and all in silence and the staffs all splinterd and broken i leave thee there in the door yard blooming returning with spring. When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomd is a long poem in the form of an elegy written by american poet walt whitman 1819 1892 in 1865 the poem written in free verse in 206 lines uses many of the literary techniques associated with the pastoral elegyit was written in the summer of 1865 during a period of profound national mourning in the aftermath of the assassination of president . When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomd is an elegy on the death of abraham lincoln though it never mentions the president by name like most elegies it develops from the personal the death of lincoln and the poets grief to the impersonal the death of all of you and death itself from an intense feeling of grief to the thought of reconciliation. A summary of when lilacs last in the dooryard bloomd in walt whitmans whitmans poetry learn exactly what happened in this chapter scene or section of whitmans poetry and what it means perfect for acing essays tests and quizzes as well as for writing lesson plans. It seems everyones on a lincoln kick these days but the guy was kind of important in his day too walt whitman definitely seemed to think so which explains his poem when lilacs last in the dooryard bloomd first published in 1865 not coincidentally the same year that lincoln was
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