Walt Whitman has many classic poems that have deep meanings, and are excellent to read to any class. It is important to expose students to these classic poems. Classroom Extension: (1) Students could write about what they think the meaning of the poem is, then share it with the class.
Get this from a library! Poetry for young people : Walt Whitman. [Walt Whitman; Jonathan Levin; Jim Burke] -- An illustrated collection of twenty-six poems and excerpts from longer poems by the renowned nineteenth-century poet.