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Analysis and comments on I Sit and Look Out. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 20 of 330, added on September 10th, 2007 at 2:30 AM.

This poem represents so much more than politics. It is an almost perfect
reflection of society, then and now. It shows how so many people suffer
from injustices, like discrimination, racism, disabilities and the like and
many people choose to say "I'm so lucky thats not me, dont know what I'd do
if it was me" but then they choose, as the poem suggests, to sit back and
watch it all go by and not lift a hand to prevent or solve these
injustices. The last line "I see, hear and am silent." I believe has two
meanings, one the meaning that we see these terrible things happen and do
nothing, and two, that some people who see enough of life are physically
silenced by the barbarity of the bad things.

Mel from Australia
Comment 19 of 330, added on May 15th, 2007 at 7:13 PM.

as one of the comments mentioned i also agree that whitman can be speaking
as god.

alyssa amore from United States
Comment 18 of 330, added on May 4th, 2007 at 4:30 AM.

i had to do an assignment (year 11) based on poetica i chose to study this
poem particularly as it can have so many different meanings as each
indervidual interperates the poem!

however i feel strongly that whitman is tryinng to make the point that this
is our world and whilst we may not agree with the way things are running or
happening we still choose to sit back and not try to change it
as i say, "we are the future, we make the world wat we want by
who we are"

and whilst we think that one person cant make a difference it can

i believe MR whitman is telling us to take charge, not to be afraid to
stand up for ourselves and what we belive in. to make change!

but each to their own

mary 17 years old from Australia
Comment 17 of 330, added on March 23rd, 2007 at 2:21 PM.

this was great !

emilee from China
Comment 16 of 330, added on May 28th, 2006 at 2:32 PM.

this poema it think is reflecting emotions which inspired wold players like
Nelson Mandela and others to act on human suffering and injustice toward
man

elsa from United States
Comment 15 of 330, added on April 22nd, 2006 at 11:22 AM.

I read all the comments, and it seems like everyone assumes that Walt
Whitman is the person speaking in this poem. Wouldn't it be much more
ironic to interpretate this poem and say the God is the one who is sitting,
looks out upon, sees, hears, and is silent? is that sort of interpretation
justified?

moonriver from Israel
Comment 14 of 330, added on April 1st, 2006 at 7:42 AM.

I think the last sentence gives the most meaning to me.

"All these—All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look out
upon,
See, hear, and am silent."

I think this poem is about all the bad things in the world and that people
just observe them, they see that its injustice but they do nothing about
it. They keep still. Whitman is making a point that, no one stands up to
the injustices of the world, to make things right, as he makes no kind of
hint that people put some kind of action to prevent these things. Whitman
is urging us, not just to see and hear the meanness and the agony of people
suffering in the world, but to put right what is unjust. It might not be
what you interpreted from the poem but it is what I got.


Simone from Australia
Comment 13 of 330, added on March 19th, 2006 at 3:30 PM.

i like it

shanna from United States
Comment 12 of 330, added on February 8th, 2006 at 7:14 PM.

This poem, by Walt Whitman, was written in the transcendentalist age. I
wanted to empahsize this point because he support the ideas of
individualism. Therefore, the poem is suppose to give us all our individual
opinion of it. I know no history behind this poem or ever thought it
symbolizes the history of its time, but the poem seems to empahsize on the
corruption and reality of the world. We all know of all the bad things in
society, but what can we do to improve it. This is message whitman tried to
get across in his "I Sit and Look Out"

*Btw, i first got interested in poems because of the movie, The Dead Poet
Society. It's a really good movie and entails a lot of famous poems in
America.

Thong Tran from United States
Comment 11 of 330, added on February 5th, 2006 at 6:28 PM.

I think this poem is boring. The Price is Right

Bob Barker from United States

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Information about I Sit and Look Out.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 1. I Sit and Look Out.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 4. Leaves of Grass
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 5 2006


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