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  • Sex and Sexuality in Whitman’s Writing
    I really enjoyed Walt Whitman’s poem “From Pent-Up Aching Rivers” because of the sort of double entendre it proposes. From the start, the imagery of “aching rivers,/ From that of myself” (2) juxtaposes the similarities between the water that flows in nature and the blood that courses in human veins. In all of Whitman’s work, he seems very interested in the human condition and experience. … Continue reading “Sex and Sexuality in Whitman’s Writing”
  • Similarity with Emerson and Contradictions
    Whitman’s central idea in Song of Myself include the objective of the idea of the self. From the very beginning in sections 1-3 he provides the idea that the reader has an active participation in the poetic experience. Introduced into the ambience of the poem it must be something distinguishably alive and take its own flow. In today’s modern reading and literature we would say … Continue reading “Similarity with Emerson and Contradictions”
  • Emerson, Whitman, and God
    It is fairly self-evident that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman are two very different kinds of authors.  One thing they seem to agree on is that there is a certain divine nature to all things.  However, what they take away from that belief is very different for the two men. Ralph Waldo Emerson focuses on the self.  To find God, even when he is … Continue reading “Emerson, Whitman, and God”
  • Sudden specificity in books 35 and 36
    For most of Whitman’s Song of Myself, he sings only partially of himself; the character of “I” flits through countless figures across the country, observing and experiencing but never fully committing. His characters are defined by their occupations, their relationships, their situations, but rarely anything more specific: never a name, never a concrete tie to a real world that exists outside of the poem. In books … Continue reading “Sudden specificity in books 35 and 36”
  • Whitman as a Teacher
    In “Song of Myself,” I see Whitman’s value and focus of collectivism, but described in an individualist sense. Throughout the poem, Whitman writes of many observations of nature, people, religion, and more, and how they personally relate to them. He describes these things through his own eyes and perspective and how they look to him, which gives an air of individuality. However, he also emphasizes … Continue reading “Whitman as a Teacher”