Read the Whitman poem below. Discuss the ways that it negates Enlightenment tendencies and exemplifies Romantic tendencies. In essence, you will be writing an essay that compares, but primarily contrasts. You must write at least 300 words on your response.
“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman
When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause
in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.