An Analysis Of Walt Whitman's 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry'

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Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” gives a light euphonious feel and reveals all the passion Whitman receives from being in such a grand city overflowing with expectations. The third part of the poem talks about the unity of the people of New York, how they all experience the same experiences. The piece is filled with a lot of positive words that impact the view of the person reading the poem. 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…show more content…
The repetition of the phrase makes it stand out more, makes the reader notice how Whitman is saying he is just the same as his audience. Whitman wants his audience, fellow New Yorkers, to know that he has done the same things they have, “feel when you look on the river and sky,” “one of a living crowd,” “refresh’d by the gladness of the river and the bright flow.” Whitman is showing his audience that they are all together as one, a united family of strangers that all share one thing: commuting through the fast-paced city, day to…show more content…
Whitman describes the common nature of New Yorkers, calm yet always in a hurry to get someplace. The person “leans on the rail” and looks at his or her surroundings, yet might be planning out their busy day in their head. Whitman points out that New York will always be hurried and always have hurried people in it. The word “numberless” is used here to describe all the ships and boats, 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

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