Walt Whitman was born May 31st, 1819 in Huntington on Long Island.

At the age of 12 he gained an interest in literature. He was self taught in understanding what was written and was a big fan of the bible, Shakespeare, Homer (the odyssey), and Dante (Dante's inferno).

He worked as many other things such as a journalist, a teacher, and a government clerk.

He was also a volunteer nurse during the civil war.

2 poems:

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. 5

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,Surrounded, surrounded, 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.

I picked A Noiseless Patient Spider because it speaks to me and tells about a spider who explored a vast empty world and make something of itself.

The rhyme of this poem is not specific and there is no pattern.

The theme of this poem is loneliness and patience in the spider creating its home in "measureless oceans of space" It creates "filament, filament, filament, out of itself;Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them"

I relate this to O Captain my Captain because it uses metaphors in describing  an aspect of life. Loneliness and Sacrifice.

This Poem uses Romanticism because it is not necessarily real, its seems imaginary and metaphoric but then again it is also real because it is as if the reader is there seeing the spider spinning its web. It also uses emotion that can be related to.

2:Enough! enough! enough!Somehow I have been stunn'd. Stand back!Give me a little time beyond my cuff'd head, slumbers, dreams, gaping,I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. that I could forget the mockers and insults! That I could forget the trickling tears and the blows of the bludg- eons and hammers! That I could look with a separate look on my own crucifixion and bloody crowning.I remember now,I resume the overstaid fraction,The grave of rock multiplies what has been confided to it, or to any graves,Corpses rise, gashes heal, fastenings roll from me.I troop forth replenish'd with supreme power, one of an average unending procession,Inland and sea-coast we go, and pass all boundary lines,Our swift ordinances on their way over the whole earth,The blossoms we wear in our hats the growth of thousands of years. Eleves, I salute you! come forward!Continue your annotations, continue your questionings.

I picked Song of myself 38 because it speaks to me about bullying for some reason. Because at one time I too needed time to heal and forget the harsh words.

The theme of this poem is self improvement and strength in time. I say this because near the beginning the speaker says "Give me a little time beyond my cuff'd head, slumbers, dreams, gaping,I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.That I could forget the mockers and insults!" and near the end after he is healed he says "I troop forth replenish'd with supreme power, one of an average unending procession."

I connect this poem to the other songs of myself sections that we have read because it goes along with them because it is about Walt's life.

This poem goes along with Romanticism because it involves emotions but also tells a real life story relating to Realism.

For this poem in some of the lines it follows Iambic tetrameter or Iambic trimeter. For most of the poem it is very loose and without definite rhyme and meter.

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