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Analysis and comments on The Indian Burying Ground by Philip Freneau

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Comment 11 of 361, added on September 16th, 2008 at 3:43 AM.

We believe that this is a poem about the contrast of the white mans view on
death and the Native Americans. The "learned" white man seeks a meaning
with life, the essence, while the Indian culture is based on spirituality,
and therefore celebrates death as a symbol of becoming one with nature.
The author feels sorry for the misunderstanding between the Native
Americans culture and the European non-tolerant culture. He says the white
man is a stranger in nature, and does not understand neither the nature nor
the Indians.
We believe that the message Freneau is telling us, is that the Indians are
not savages, but should be respected, and that we perhaps could learn
something from their view on death. Where it is not something bad, but
rather a "feast" with old friends.

By Jens, Helene and Mikkel

Jens, Mikkel and Helene from Denmark
Comment 10 of 361, added on September 16th, 2008 at 3:43 AM.

This poem is a poem full of beauty. It describes the nature in relation to
the Native Americans. The ten stanzas with four lines each compares real
life to life after death. Freneau is right about the Indians not being
savages, and he is challenging the white, because the white people don't
respect the new country they have immigrated to. They think of the Indians
as thier slaves, which they have no right to.
After all, we think that the poem expresses Freneau's opinion very well,
which is niZe :D *lOl*

Sofie, Natascha og Emma from Denmark
Comment 9 of 361, added on September 16th, 2008 at 3:43 AM.

We think it’s important to look at the time this poem was written in.
America has just won the independence war and is now trying to nationalize
itself by looking back at their past, like it was done all over the rest of
the world, especially Europe. Countries were striving to gain nationhood.
Historically, the rest of the world is going through the romance at this
time, and in the literature they’re looking back at their ancestors in an
idolizing shade, which was so common in this period of time. The Americans
tries to do the same thing to gain nationalism.

Viktor & Mads Kisby from Denmark
Comment 8 of 361, added on January 23rd, 2008 at 4:25 PM.

Philip Freneau expresses his belief that the Indians are the ones who have
already established a connection with the Supreme Force that gave birth to
the life as we know it, and to the one which is mysteriosly hidden from us.
Unlike civilized nations, that use this gift as a means to secure a stable
and comfortable place in this world, the tribal communities keenly listen
to and obey the nature's inner voice which leads to the Designer of
Everything. It is rather low and one should dedicate their whole life in
order to hear it well.
The Indians are the attentive listeners.
The "civilized" people don't bother so much- they live, laugh, love and
sleep later. And for reaching the union with one's true self there will be

Maria Cankovic from Yugoslavia
Comment 7 of 361, added on March 5th, 2007 at 8:16 PM.

Reading this poem I see that it is both a regret of treatment toward Native
Americans, and an respect of there way of thinking toward the after life.
Being a Native American myself, the word freedom has an entirely different
meaning than what the average joe would think. Freneau expresses the
longing for the freedom in this poem. With his words "Beseak the nature of
the soul" He meant every mans will to be free. Do what makes the soul
happy. With line 33-36, he tells what made the hunter happy. Freneau gives
the respect to the Native American, as he speaks of the bruying grounds. He
tells the stranger, do not disturb the mounds. In his way he says they are
not asleep, rather, they are enjoying what made them happy..... FREEDOM !

George from United States
Comment 6 of 361, added on March 1st, 2007 at 12:37 AM.

Freneau's "The Indian Burying Ground" expresses his primitivism that marked
his nature poetry. Although reason assured Freneau that the dead did not
walk again on this earth, he indulges his fancy in this poem and supposes
that the sitting posture in which Indians bury their dead signifies their
belief in life on earth again. He even postulates that we say one thing and
act a different way, whereas the Indians' actions spring from their
beliefs. It is clear that Freneau admires the Indians, the noble savages by
this time.

Gracie Mendoza from United States
Comment 5 of 361, added on April 25th, 2006 at 12:27 AM.

It's bull shit, because I don't believe these words///
But i respect Freneau

MakSik from Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Comment 4 of 361, added on June 6th, 2005 at 3:08 AM.

I strongly believe that Freneau depicts some guilty feelings on the poem.
He feels responsible - as an American- for the American Indians deads due
to the colonization of the USA. Therefore, he contrasts life after death
with the American Tribes that were exterminated some time before.

Raquel from Spain
Comment 3 of 361, added on April 6th, 2005 at 11:01 AM.

This lovely poem refers to the idea that life after death on this loftly
plane of ours is for some merely a quiet rest. For others, it is a
testimony to the continuity of life and there is the expectation to live
that life to its fullest upon our departure. The observer who may pass by
such a grave bows in earnest to the one who does adhere to these universal

Sue Trentecoste from United States
Comment 2 of 361, added on January 1st, 2005 at 4:18 AM.

well, apparently,the poem is a conviction of wat europeans had done on the
native indians. i am not saying that i am accusing the europeans, its just
that maybe they have done something with america especially with the
native indians that made a worse history... otherwise, i am wrong,,,,, this
is all.....


jocelyn g macalisang from Philippines

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Poet: Philip Freneau
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