Walt Whitman was born May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York. He also grew up in this same city, partially. He grew up in a very poor family and in hopes of making more money they moved to NYC. When Walt was 11 he was pulled out of school so he could work at a printing press and help support the family. At this time he had far more education than his parents.

"Out of the rolling ocean the crowd"BY WALT WHITMAN

Out of the rolling ocean the crowd came a drop gently to me,

Whispering, I love you, before long I die,

I have travell’d a long way merely to look on you to touch you,

For I could not die till I once look’d on you,

For I fear’d I might afterward lose you.


Now we have met, we have look’d, we are safe,

Return in peace to the ocean my love,

I too am part of that ocean, my love, we are not so much separated,

Behold the great rondure, the cohesion of all, how perfect!

But as for me, for you, the irresistible sea is to separate us,

As for an hour carrying us diverse, yet cannot carry us diverse forever;

Be not impatient – a little space – know you I salute the air, the ocean and the land,

Every day at sundown for your dear sake, my love.

I chose this poem because it was the only love poem I found that he wrote, even if it is about the sun.

This poem does not have  rhythm and meter.

It is a theme about Love is Irrisistable as  the for the last line, every day at sundown for your dear sake, my love.

It is alot like the short stories by Poe because it was an unexpected turn to show who the poem was about.

It is very much a romantic poem becuase it personifies and gives deaper meaning to the daily cycle of the sun.

"Are you the new person drawn toward me?"BY WALT WHITMAN

Are you the new person drawn toward me?

To begin with, take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose;

Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal?

Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover?

Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d satisfaction?

Do you think I am trusty and faithful?

Do you see no further than this façade, this smooth and tolerant manner of me?

Do you suppose yourself advancing on real ground toward a real heroic man?

Have you no thought, O dreamer, that it may be all maya, illusion?

I chose this poem because he asked a lot of questions.

This poem has no rhythm or meter.

A theme in this poem is Perception is an illusion. I say this because of the quote "I am surely far different from what you suppose."

This theme is kind of like the poem about the fly by Emily Dickinson. Both have an illusion, in this one it is the man, in that one it is the fly.

THis is sort of like the romantism movement because there is a deeper meaning to the man than just what meets the eye.

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