Walt Whitman

By: Nicholas Mills

Whitman was born May 31, 1819, West Hills, NY on Long Island and grew up in Brooklyn and received limited formal education. Whitman is considered as one of America’s most significant poets of the nineteenth century. During the Civil War, Whitman worked as a clerk in Washington, DC. For three years, he visited soldiers during his spare time, dressing wounds and giving solace to the injured. These experiences led to the poems in his 1865 publication, Drum-Taps, which includes, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Whitman’s elegy for President Lincoln. Whitman’s self-published Leaves of Grass was inspired in part by his travels through the American frontier and by his admiration for Ralph Waldo Emerson. After suffering a serious stroke in 1873, Whitman moved to his brother’s home in Camden, New Jersey. He passed away March 26, 1892

The Ship Starting

Lo, the unbounded sea,
On its breast a ship starting, spreading all sails, carrying even
her moonsails.
The pennant is flying aloft as she speeds she speeds so stately-
below emulous waves press forward,
They surround the ship with shining curving motions and foam.

by: Walt Whitman

I choose this poem because it reminded me of Oh Captain! My Captain!. This poem does not really have a theme but one thing i took from it is that something simple to they eye can be surprising.

Grand Is the Seen

Grand is the seen, the light, to me--grand are the sky and stars,
Grand is the earth, and grand are lasting time and space,
And grand their laws, so multiform, puzzling, evolutionary;
But grander far the unseen soul of me, comprehending, endowing all those,
Lighting the light, the sky and stars, delving the earth, sailing the sea,
(What were all those, indeed, without thee, unseen soul? of what amount without thee?)
More evolutionary, vast, puzzling, O my soul!
More multiform far--more lasting thou than they.

by Walt Whitman

I mainly choose this poem because I personally like to step out and look at the scenery. The scenery also makes me wonder at times. This theme is there is more to what is appealing to the eye. This one reminds me of the bird poem we read because at first the bird did not notice the man. This refers to this poem because at first man did not notice what the scenery really brings.

These poems do not have any rhythm or any meter. They do not properly flow like a normal poem. They can both relate to the romantic period because both of them relate to nature. They valued the feelings they received from other things such as poem one with the ship and poem two with nature.

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