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Analysis and comments on The Indian Burying Ground by Philip Freneau

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Comment 22 of 354, added on December 28th, 2009 at 3:01 AM.
analysis of the indian byring ground

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rawan from Jordan
Comment 21 of 354, added on October 7th, 2009 at 11:09 AM.

I have often visited the Cemetery of the Mohegan people on the west bank of
the Thames River in Connecticut. Burials of the 17th century are marked
with small, rough stones.
Note that Freneau, in the first stanza declares his disbelief in the
survival of the soul after death. The sleep is "eternal." Commentators who
think that Freneau is saying that Native Americans are more "spiritual"
than whites are mistaken. Both whites and Indians are equally deluded. The
person dies totally.
But, the Indians' beliefs are strong and hopeful,
and they persuade the wanderer to believe he sees visions.

Otto Steinmayer from Malaysia
Comment 20 of 354, added on March 9th, 2009 at 2:34 PM.

I think, that in this poem, Philip Freneau describes how the Native
Americans live in harmony with Nature, their attitude towards the essence
of life, and how they become one with nature at their deathbed.
With rhymes, metaphors and comparisons, he tells how the Indians are not
savages, and that maybe we, the white people, or as he says “The learned”,
could learn a lot of the Natives spiritual view on life and especially
death. The learned, seemed to have misunderstood the Native Americans and
their culture. According to the author the white man doesn’t seem to
understand the country he arrived in, He’s a stranger in a strange
country,
and therefore he is having a hard time tolerating the Native Americans.

According to Philip Freneau, the Native Americans become one with nature,
and are not focused on all the material things in life. The Romanticism
has
its influence on this poem. It’s very positive with all the nature images
he gives, and his positive look upon the Natives is also very positive.
I believe that Philip Freneau wrote this poem to inspire the Americans to
give the Natives, the Indians, the respect they deserved.


Andrew Gillam from United States
Comment 19 of 354, added on January 21st, 2009 at 2:32 AM.

After reading the poem it's obvious to me that it speaks of the equality
between the Europeans and the Indians - it points out the fact that,
despite the European beliefs, the Indians do have souls and an afterlife
that "has no rest", therefore they must be human rather than animalistic
savages, as it was presumed before. In consequence, the graves of Native
Americans should not be desecrated. What I'm saying might sound rude,
wrong, or even racist, but we have to remember that America wasn't always a
lovely fluffy place for everyone to feel equal and comfortable in.

Mizuki from Poland
Comment 18 of 354, added on September 17th, 2008 at 1:00 PM.

I think, that in this poem, Philip Freneau describes how the Native
Americans live in harmony with Nature, their attitude towards the essence
of life, and how they become one with nature at their deathbed.
With rhymes, metaphors and comparisons, he tells how the Indians are not
savages, and that maybe we, the white people, or as he says “The learned”,
could learn a lot of the Natives spiritual view on life and especially
death. The learned, seemed to have misunderstood the Native Americans and
their culture. According to the author the white man doesn’t seem to
understand the country he arrived in, He’s a stranger in a strange country,
and therefore he is having a hard time tolerating the Native Americans.

According to Philip Freneau, the Native Americans become one with nature,
and are not focused on all the material things in life. The Romanticism has
its influence on this poem. It’s very positive with all the nature images
he gives, and his positive look upon the Natives is also very positive.
I believe that Philip Freneau wrote this poem to inspire the Americans to
give the Natives, the Indians, the respect they deserved.


Pernille from Denmark
Comment 17 of 354, added on September 16th, 2008 at 3:43 AM.

The long poem written by Philip Freneau describes an Indian burying ground
and it is obvious that Freneaus is fascinated by the Indians and their
belief. Freneau sees the Indians as children of the forest – a people that
live in harmony with nature and have found the essence of life. Further
more Freneau distances himself from ‘the learned’ and the reason they
represent. He doesn’t see as the Indians as savages as the learned do, so
in that way you could say that he didn’t approve of the way the Indians
were treated. Americans should respect the Indians and their way of
thinking.

The poem is bind together by rhythm, rhymes, and repetition of words and
letters. Therefore the poem is interesting even though there is no
progression. There is no action in the poem, because Freneau has focused on
the description rather than action.

The context of the poem is the early romanticism. It is quite obvious
because he is fascinated by the Native Americans. Like many other romantic
authors he is fascinated by their simple life in harmony with nature where
magic is still present.


Marie-Louise and Kirstine from Denmark
Comment 16 of 354, added on September 16th, 2008 at 3:43 AM.

Our first thought after reading the poem was that it described the
conditions and the relationship between the Indians and the nature. But
also a criticism of the white men's behaviour in the Indian Territory. The
nature meant a lot for the Indians and their idea and understanding of
life, death and after death. This poem contents a lot of nationalistic and
romantic aspects in the description of their land, people and culture.

Ibrahim and Nawin from Denmark
Comment 15 of 354, added on September 16th, 2008 at 3:43 AM.

Philip Freneau was one of the first to idolize the Native American, and
thereby disagree with the main attitude and thoughts towards Indians, in
the 18th century America. He does so in the poem "The Indian Burying
ground". In the poem he depicts the close band between nature and Indians.
Furthermore the spirituality surrounding Indians and death is also a
central theme. He uses a wide variety of metaphors and symbols, to clarify
his message towards the reader. E.g.: "...Children of the forest." and "His
imaged birds, and painted bowl."
Therefore we believe that the poem, is written to inspire respect for the
Indians, and has had significant influence on the later perception of
Indians.


Mads, Tobias and Nikolaj from Denmark

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Poet: Philip Freneau
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