The start of the excerpt from the poem, “It avails not, time nor place” speaks of how neither time nor place can aid in the separation of New Yorkers. This thought is emphasized again with the line, “or ever so many generations hence,” meaning that even if you are from the 1800s or the 2000s or the far, far future, it do not matter because all of us New Yorkers value our experiences in this city and experience the same forever-changing New York City. Whitman also wrote, “distance avails not,” adding on to how time and place do not separate New Yorkers. Anyone who has been to New York City and stayed for an extended period of time has just as much of a New Yorker experience than someone who has lived in New York City all of his or her life. Even if you live in a different state or country, but you have stayed in New York for only a month, you still used public transportation, went hunting for an apartment, saw the standard, not tourist attraction, sights of New York City. Even if you are not a full on New Yorker, there is still a small part of you that remembers what it was like walking through the streets of Manhattan in a hurry to not be late for whatever plans you had that day. Through the first two lines," Whitman has told the reader that no matter what, if you have ever experienced New York City, then you are a part of the fa...
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...ats, but I see it as also hinting at the many people populating New York City. Many people, all moving about their day and crowding the streets of Manhattan, all too busy and focused on something else that they don’t stop to think about their surroundings.
New York City is always known to be quick, quick and with all its inhabitants being too busy to “stop and smell the roses” Whitman does the “smelling” for them. In this poem, Walt Whitman slows everything down and picks at the little things that affected his day: the river, the ships, the people, etc. Whitman writes a long poem describing all his experiences with New York, all he’s done, all he’s seen and says that all the people that have experienced New York share these experiences. With this poem, Whitman unites the people of New York City and shows them what a beautiful city it is that they all breeze by daily.
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