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Analysis and comments on To a Stranger. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 16 of 26, added on March 11th, 2013 at 10:34 PM.

wai au

wai au
Comment 15 of 26, added on November 1st, 2011 at 9:04 PM.

I like MCR

Sarah from United States
Comment 14 of 26, added on August 28th, 2009 at 12:05 AM.

It is what it's like when you get to heaven

Comment 13 of 26, added on October 29th, 2008 at 6:23 AM.

When my best friend died in a car wreck, his mother asked me to choose a
poem to be read at his funeral. Knowing he was a fan of Whitman, I looked
through The Leaves of Grass for one I thought was appropriate, and I chose
this one. To me, this poem speaks of how we meet people, they change us
and we change them, and then we move on. We're all just passing strangers,
taking of each other, and eventually we do not speak of them, but think of
them in quiet moments. At least that's what it meant to me at that time.

John from United States
Comment 12 of 26, added on December 13th, 2007 at 2:46 PM.

In Walt Whitman’s “The Leaves of Grass” there is cluster of a series of 45
poems called Calamus, which work to celebrate and promote a theme of love.
Out of that cluster, in “To a Stranger” by Walt Whitman, Whitman expresses
a general sense of longing directed at the world in general. And Whitman’s
nostalgic for past relationships and his conscious of having his feelings
of affection reciprocated by everyone he walks past allows him to know that
ultimately he will find love. In “To A Stranger”, Whitman not only alludes
to the love between a man and a woman but to the beautiful and sane
affection between a man and a man. Through the motif of genders, sexual
innuendos, the repetition of “I am” and the overall sense of secrecy
throughout the poem, reveals Whitman’s inner conflicts with his sexuality
and his yearning to want to tell and express his sexuality openly without
restrictions imposed by society.

Lou from United States
Comment 11 of 26, added on August 24th, 2007 at 11:05 AM.

I think he's talking to the world, to everybody.
Whitman usually talks about this kind of theme, the man as a center of the

Cadu from Brazil
Comment 10 of 26, added on April 19th, 2007 at 5:02 PM.

this poem is about loss i think because it says "i am not to speak to you,
i am to think of you when i sit alone or wake at night alone" so he's
talking about never forgetting the people you loved that you lose. they'll
always live on in your memories, that kind of thing.

Kate from United States
Comment 9 of 26, added on March 19th, 2006 at 10:30 PM.

seeing as Walt was homosexual, i'm thinking that he is seeing some
attractive guy (since he mentions seeing an unknown "he"), but he must hide
that attraction due to society's thoughts on homosexuality during the time
period. but hey, i could be wrong.

Steven Garcia from United States
Comment 8 of 26, added on February 9th, 2006 at 6:21 PM.

This is poem is exactly how i feel when i see a hottie walking by me. It's
as if you fell inlove with that person by his eyes, his movement, his
cologne but like in the last stanza says," I am not to speak to you, I am
to think of you."

Dlia from United States
Comment 7 of 26, added on January 28th, 2006 at 2:13 PM.

I too don't think he's talking to the reader. When he says stranger, he
means himself. The YOU inside you is a stranger to you, not everyone has to
confront him or her at one time. And I think he has "found himself", and
believe me once you found that, you don't want to lose it!

Caroline from Belgium

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 18. To a Stranger.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 3. Calamus
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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