Walt Whitman

He was born May 31, 1819. He stopped his formal education at the age of 11. He also wrote books.

Poem: A Noiseless Patient Spider BY WALT WHITMAN

A noiseless patient spider,I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

Poem: A Glimpse by Walt Whitman

A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught,
Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room, around the stove,
late of a winter night--And I unremark'd seated in a corner;
Of a youth who loves me, and whom I love, silently approaching, and
seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand;
A long while, amid the noises of coming and going--of drinking and
oath and smutty jest,
There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little,
perhaps not a word.

I chose these poems as they were easily retrieved and they create a great thought in your head as you read over them, and they confuse me and things that confuse me are normally right.

Neither poem has a rhyme or meter.

The theme of the first poem, was about how the narrator lost his soul, "my soul where you stand,Surrounded, detached". The theme of the second poem is love, "And I unremark'd seated in a corner; Of a youth who loves me, and whom I love, silently approaching" it is like he loves someone who loves him.

We learned about the thoughts of many "afterlifes" from our early readings and the soul can be seen as someones life, so losing souls is like dying and going to the afterlife.  

We learned of the ways the different tribes thought of love, and the power love holds, the narrator loves someone in the poem, love is a theme across both.

Both poems have characteristics of American romanticism and realism, like how the second one shows romanticism with the romance talk, and the first is a realism as it talks of darker things like souls and less emotion.   

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