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Analysis and comments on We Two Boys Together Clinging. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 11 of 14, added on June 13th, 2010 at 12:59 AM.
David Grimes is

an idiot. A troglodite. I hope he has no kids.

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Comment 10 of 14, added on February 16th, 2010 at 12:20 AM.
Broad Perspective

While I understand this heated debate on what Whitman, himself, was
thinking while writing this poem, isn't it true that poetry, and all forms
of writing, are personal? Isn't writing about the reader and what he/she
gains from what they read? Nevermind what the author was thinking, it's
about what YOU get out of it. Otherwise, writing would not be published.

Taylore from United States
Comment 9 of 14, added on February 16th, 2010 at 12:20 AM.
Broad Perspective

While I understand this heated debate on what Whitman, himself, was
thinking while writing this poem, isn't it true that poetry, and all forms
of writing, are personal? Isn't writing about the reader and what he/she
gains from what they read? Nevermind what the author was thinking, it's
about what YOU get out of it. Otherwise, writing would not be published.

Taylore from United States
Comment 8 of 14, added on February 20th, 2008 at 11:20 AM.

What is the theme of this poem. I am doind a project for school and I do
not know what the theme is and what he is portraying! Please, reply to me!

Sammie from United States
Comment 7 of 14, added on December 21st, 2005 at 11:13 PM.

Couldn't it be about his brother, Jeff? He and his brother traveled to New
Orleans together, and it took them a few months to get there. Although Walt
Whitman was homosexual, this was the first thing that came to my mind.

Melissa from United States
Comment 6 of 14, added on November 30th, 2005 at 11:15 AM.

i love this poem. regardless of "sexuality" issues, it is agreat poem. it
saddens me though that some people would be so arrogent about it. walt
whitman was a AMAZING writer! and definitly an insperation.

now in terms of sexuality. he is still amazing. to have done what he did in
the time he was alive would have taken much courage and i know he still
inspires people in that way to this day.

so i must say i definitly understand this poem and i most certainly love
it. it touches bases.

holly from United States
Comment 5 of 14, added on November 16th, 2005 at 1:07 PM.

David Grimes, you really shouldn't comment on things about which you have
little understanding, especially in such an insulting way. I can't help but
wonder why on earth when someone suggested it regarded gay love you assumed
that they meant it was inherently sexual. Gay relationships can be loving
and are not just about sex, despite what your assumptions about them are.

The majority of scholars studying Whitman are generally agreed that he did
have homosexual tendencies, despite having to hide them from a deeply
homophobic society. They draw their conclusions through scrutiny of his
works, looking closely at the Calamus poems and his opinions on 'amative'
(heterosexual) love and 'adhesive' (homosexual love).

His work contradicts his outward expressions regarding homosexuality. In
public he denounced it, but through his poetry he revealed and admiration
for the ideals of male friendship and even went as far as to describe acts
of masturbation.

The beloved character in his poem 'Once I Pass'd Through A Populous City'
is known to have been changed from a male to a female prior to
publication.

During the 1970's Whitman was made the poster child of the gay liberation
movement for his bravery on the subject through his art and his love of the
working class man. It isn't disputed whether or not he was romantically
attracted to other men, though it is unknown whether he acted upon those
feelings in a sexual manner.

Given the fact that close friendships between comrades during the civil war
in virginia sometimes did reach a romantic level one can safely assume that
this poem does touch upon the theme of gay sentiments.

Think before you comment next time you insulting, arrogant boy.

Joey from United Kingdom

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Information about We Two Boys Together Clinging.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 22. We Two Boys Together Clinging.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 3. Calamus
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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