Comment 2 of 12, added on April 12th, 2005 at 10:49 PM.
I do not know much biographical data about Walt Whitman, but I think that
to assume that this poem is about homosexuality might be a mistake. Just
as David and Jonathan of Bible fame loved one another and were lifelong
platonic friends, so Whitman may have been writing about such a friendship.
In modern times, no one would write this way about a male friendship.
Homosexuality would be assumed. But, in the 19th century, such assumptions
wouldn't have been made by the reader.
Cyndy Morgan from United States
Comment 1 of 12, added on March 10th, 2005 at 6:21 PM.
This poem has a double meaning. First and obvious is that the poem is
describing two gay boys, as well as two boys that are close friends during
the time of the Civil War. The first meaning was very bold for that time
cosidering that homosexuality was shunned upon. Intersting!
from United States
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