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Analysis and comments on To a Stranger. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 7 of 17, 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
Comment 6 of 17, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 11:47 AM.

I dont feel that he's trying to talk to the reader I think he's trying to
tell his audiance about an inner conflict he battles with. I think that he
wants the reader to know that he has a secret that he is embarrassed of but
yet never wants it to leave his mind.

Jasmine Ray from United States
Comment 5 of 17, added on August 6th, 2005 at 10:19 PM.

He indentifies you and talks to you. You have
to confront him as a poet who wants to have a personal relationship. Soon
you realize that back in the mid 19th century, he had thought of YOU
and had waited until you picked up his book and started a relationship
with
him. It gets a bit eerie.


kevin from United States
Comment 4 of 17, added on May 25th, 2005 at 1:04 PM.

I really enjoyed this poem!!! but I want annotations on it!

walt whitman.. fantastic writer.

dani from United States
Comment 3 of 17, added on January 20th, 2005 at 11:36 AM.

The picture for walts book of the complete poems it really inspired me to
go and write my own poetry. In my opinion it felt like he was reaching to
the gods for help. Therefore I would like to end this by saying to all the
upcoming artists to follow your dreams and to really look at the cover of
walts book for inspiration!!

amber from United States
Comment 2 of 17, added on November 30th, 2004 at 1:15 PM.

The sense of loss at the inability to hold the youth and dreams only to
seek out a future inside of those dreams.

Laurent Dumas from United States
Comment 1 of 17, added on August 25th, 2004 at 10:32 PM.

This is a beautiful poem that perfectly captures the fleeting, yet
infinitely tender feeling possible between strangers passing by each other
on a busy street. Whitman sheds light on the beauty of our common
human-ness, which means that we can love people that we do not
conventionally know.

Diane Choi

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Information about To a Stranger.

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