The first few sections invite the reader in and encourage them to think for themselves, “You shall listen to all sides and filter them for your self” (Whitman 2211). Whitman wants people to throw off societal conventions and think for themselves about the issues at hand. Whitman’s writing strategy throughout “Song of Myself” is very purposeful. At times he gets very specific, naming exact things the “self” is while other parts are very vague, leaving them up for interpretation by the reader. Whitman attempts to speak on behalf of America by using vague language, metaphors, and contradictions in his writing.
The result of this is congruent emotions within poet and reader that demonstrate an effective use of tone, through which Whitman can address the reader. "The mystic deliria, the madness amorous, the utter abandonment,/ (Hark close and still what I now whisper to you" (77). Whitman is specking directly to the reader, through an all-encompassing god-like persona. In "Song of Myself" Whitman reinvents himself as all of reality, and through the use of tone and imagery (shot establishes a relationship) draw... ... middle of paper ... ... obvious advice that a writer can offer: "Write what you know." And that is what Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams do, as well as writing what their audience knows.
The central theme of his poetry is his own intense personal dispositions, as a lover, a friend, a psychoanalyst of his own experiences, worldly and religious. Classical poetry cannot unify these experiences; it is John Donne’s use of the metaphysical that allows him to present his poetry as a whole experience, and to show feelings as they are. This technique proves him not only successful in teaching and delighting audience, but achieving both so effectively that they have the ability to affect readers deeply.
The review of his works recognizes this question. Whitman proded people toward a new way of thinking. It was written that, "With strong and steady call he addresses men. Come, he seems to say, from the midst of all that you have been your whole life surrounding yourself with: Leave all the preaching and teaching of others, and mind only... ... middle of paper ... ...ars to intend, his last literary effort, it closes firmly and fitly the literary career of a poet who has with pride and fidelity obeyed his own genius, and who has sought to understand and speak--in his oracular, strange voice--the experience of common humanity." (305) Works Cited Buchanan, Robert.
Even as it blatantly and fervently expresses Whitman’s faith in evolution (and therefore in the necessary indivisibility of self-reliance), “Song of Myself” also conveys a separation with the “self,” the poet himself, and the co... ... middle of paper ... ...macy and public response are at odds here. In fact, the poem ends with a note of sad and quiet desperation, a true confession of love: "But I with mournful tread, / Walk the deck my Captain lies, / Fallen cold and dead" (Terrinoni). Works Cited Davis, Robert L. "Whitman's Tympanum: A Reading of Drum-Taps." American Transcendental Quarterly 6.3 (1992): 163-75. University of Rhode Island, 01 Mar.
Earlier, we explored the proposal that poetry teaches with metaphor. Frost suggests that the writer-reader relationship to understanding poetry, works in a similar fashion to the poetry-metaphor process. To break this idea down further, here is the specific job of a writer according to Frost, “His intention is of course a particular mood that won’t be satisfied with anything less than its own fulfillment. But it is not yet a thought concerned with what becomes it” (Frost 788). This quote appears to say that the writer should make the most of their writing opportunity and then turn the final piece over to the reader to see, “if it will take the soft impeachment from a friend” (Frost 786).
His epic classic "Song of Myself" demonstrates these attitudes of his, and in his view how the proverbial "poet" of his America should believe. Humanity yearns for spiritual fulfillment and Whitman believed that everything around us and even ourselves were walking testaments to what true ethereal life is. One of the reasons that Walt Whitman was so popular, was his lax treatment of such taboo subjects as abolition and sexuality. This was especially true considering the prudish eyes of the Victorian society he was living in. Some of Whitman's verses are just oozing with sexually explicit pulp and innuendoes.
Whitman truly placed his heart in his pen as few poets have. In short, it looks as though Whitman's haunting figure will remain a presence in American literature he will be lurking there, waiting to see if the "poets to come" live up to his expectations expressed in the "Inscription" poem addressed to them
As Whitman’s seamless lines are open-ended, speaking the voice of a universal speaker presenting a positive outlook of America, Ginsberg’s poem, on the contrary, uses long lines that end inward to present the uneasiness and madness that feature the vision of America that Ginsberg exhibits through the voice of a prophetic speaker. Comparing Whitman’s “Song of Myself” with Ginsberg’s “Howl”, both poets’ use of line is similar – long free verse line. It was not a popular trend when Ginsberg wrote “Howl” but he used it purposely, taking the inspiration from Whitman poetry. See the long line in Whitman’s verse, “Speeding through space,…speeding through heaven and stars, […] storming enjoying planning loving cautioning,/ Backing and filling, ... ... middle of paper ... ...erg’s lines are inwardly. The self of Whitman is all-encompassing but Ginsberg’s self is passive, lacking diversity by excluding rural settings.
Thus, poetry of this time includes both classical themes and a new responsibility that came with the public role of poets. A sense of moral obligation is quite prominent in this early poetry, especially in Jonson’s poetry. Jonson published his own material and lived the life he embodied in his poetry. We see him guiding people in much of his works. In one, entitled “On My First Son,” Jonson asks why “will man lament the state he should envy?” (6).In this particular line, he is alluding to death as a release from the human world, and imploring us to consider how, in a sense, we would be lucky to die early.