When the poem begins with the word 'I', we feel pretty comfortable with that, right? Whitman grew up in New York and was a member of a large family, having eight siblings. No one had ever read anything quite like it before, and it wielded a heavy influence on 20th century poets like T. While there are some comparisons between the two poets, when it comes to death as a theme, their writing styles were quite different. Whitman also empathizes that the physical body is something that should be considered good. This is because the poet was so close to the fallen men, he felt he was fighting the battle also and he conveys this to the reader. Lists are another way of demonstrating democracy in action: in lists, all items possess equal weight, and no item is more important than another item in the list.
This optimism and energy permeate the whole poem. He depicted life and death cycles to merge society together on a spiritual level. Shortly after suffering a stroke, he found it impossible to leave New Jersey to go back home. He imagined a democratic nation as a unified whole composed of unique but equal individuals. He meanders from the micro to the macro, from atoms to the whole earth. Whitman worked as a printer in New York City until a devastating fire in the printing district demolished the industry. Whitman established a unique style in the form of using free verse and Dickinson in her peculiar use of punctuation to establish her unique style of poetry.
The death that he saw during this time provided him with inspiration in his poetry and ideas and thoughts about death. This concept thrived in America during the early nineteenth century - a democratic response to the new class of industrial wage-workers. According to Whitman, the human soul consists of two parts - mind and body. Imagery: Whitman includes seemingly random and vivid descriptions of elements in nature that collectively unify the spiritual ideas in the poem. Democratic Nature of Poetry Whitman saw his poems as more than words on a page - he frequently points out the democratic power of poetry. He constantly uses the images of body and spirit together, bringing us to a better understanding of his true conception of spirituality.
On the most basic level, we can think of 'Song of Myself' as an invitation from Walt Whitman, the poet from Long Island, to jump inside his head and take a look at the world through his eyes. These things cause us to think about what we can't see and even allow us to engage ourselves in questioning the meaning behind our existence and what our purpose is here on earth. You may find references to more than one edition of the poem in your studies. Examples of this acceptance are scattered through many of the poems Whitman wrote. In what became Section 6 of the final edition lines 90-121 of the 1855 edition Whitman himself addresses this sort of 'meta-question' of interpretation. Had apprenticeships at working-class newspapers also started his own newspaper, The Long Islander, though it later failed.
Although Walt Whitman's poetry is rather long and quite simple and Emily Dickinson's are often short and complex, the theme of death strongly ties their works together. Provide textual evidence from both poets. I hasten to tell him or her it is just as lucky to die. A parable is a short, succinct story that offers a moral or instructive lesson for its hearers. Whitman describes a child coming to him and asking him what is the grass. How lucky can we be to exist in a universe where death is only a harmless word we give to a passing moment in our ever-recycling life? Even the most commonplace objects, such as Leaves, ants, and stones, contain the infinite universe.
Here nature means the actual human nature as well as the physical nature. Whitman can only tell the child that he sees the democratic self in young men and old women, meaning that he sees it in all people. Lesson Summary Gutsy, sprawling, visionary, grand - that's Walt Whitman's 1855 poem 'Song of Myself', which takes us on a wild tour of life, popping in and out of characters, places and time periods. Throughout the poem Whitman points out images that grass could represent. Spirituality is a mixed bag for the great American poet, While he takes a great deal of material from Christianity, his conception of religion is much more complicated than the beliefs of one or two faiths mixed together. Provide textual evidence to support your comparison.
Whether the sunshines or the rain falls, whether a flower blooms or willows, nature will always recreate itself and remain a mystery to mankind. At the same time, Whitman is a real do-it-yourself kind of guy. Instead it paints a picture for all mankind alike to relate to. A closer reading of this period of authors allows us to view the value social reform movement and group action more than authors in the early period, so those were perhaps partly due to the maturity one gains in the life cycle, perhaps partly due to the failure of individual philanthropy to s. But sectionalism and the violence of the Civil War threatened to break apart and destroy the boundless possibilities of the United States. Love, religion, and war are some favorites. The changes in the title are significant in indicating the growth of the meaning of the poem.
He lived almost twenty more years, continuing to suffer health problems. In fact, of Whitman's struggles the most difficult for him to deal with was his ever so strong homosexual desires Hubbell 283. The medium of poetry certainly has the power to reflect the writer's moods and mental state, and the poetry of Walt Whitman's demonstrates this power. He used 'Song of Myself' to explore those ideas while preaching self-knowledge, liberty and acceptance for all. The writer began envisioning himself as a prophet when he was in the civil war seeing people die.