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Analysis and comments on I Hear America Singing. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 47 of 137, added on September 8th, 2005 at 7:50 PM.

My Poem:
A bitter autumn wind comes upon the earth with a great swoosh
The trees shiver in the cold bitter winds
Oh save my soul bitter winds

joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 46 of 137, added on September 8th, 2005 at 1:26 PM.

Im doing a project thing about this poem and I find it quite intresting to
see all the imagry and how he expresses himself in the poem "I Hear America
Singing". I think he is a great poet and I love his plays!!

Amber from United States
Comment 45 of 137, added on August 28th, 2005 at 2:02 PM.

I'm not native America so it's so hard for me to understand the meaning of
each line in the potry "I hear America singing" so I hope some one can help
me figure out them...
e-mail me :khanhvinh@gmail.com

Vinh le from Vietnam
Comment 44 of 137, added on July 10th, 2005 at 11:43 AM.

I am with Garrett from the U.S. Perhaps some of the people reading the
poem and commenting should read Whitman's biography and some of his other
works. How can he be "too patriotic"? The time in his life that he wrote
much of his poetry was during The Civil War period and it was a time that
greatly affected Whitman. He was a nurse for wounded soldiers and he wrote
poetry about this and about the assassination of Lincoln. Later, he also
wrote poems that praised the everyday world around him - like his list poem
"I Hear America Singing". Read "Miracles", another list poem. It shows
how Whitman felt about his fellow man and the goodness and beauty of the
world around him.

Scarlet from United States
Comment 43 of 137, added on July 8th, 2005 at 12:28 AM.

This poem is disgusting and ought to be banned from all school reading
lists. It is nothing but an enigmatic reference to his sexual love affair
with a boy and his mother. In line 8 he comments on the little ploughboy's
"wood-cutting song." Then he continues on to reveal how the boy was
available at "morning, noon, intermission, or sundown." He continues with a
reveling in the mother's "delicious singing" while she "works." Finally
whitman concludes with a reference to an orgy with "robust" boys.("Party of
young fellows.

Sarah Farhda from United States
Comment 42 of 137, added on June 30th, 2005 at 1:18 AM.

I find it quite amusing that a large majority of the individuals leaving
such negative comments about one of the greatest American writers ever to
have lived are widely illiterate and look no deeper into the poem than what
they see on the surface. Many of you criticize how Whitman does not speak
of latinos, asians, or blacks. You just assume that he is speaking of white
people and only white people. In what part of his poem does he mention
race? It seems that you have personal issues and stereotypes of white
people as racist. If you had any knowledge of Walt Whitman, you would know
that he was in such grievance over the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
that he wrote two poems about his mourning. One of these is "O Captain! My
Captain!" Of course you would probably look at this poem and think to
yourself, "He is just talking about some white captain on a ship who dies."
So why would you even think for one second that Whitman advocated racism or
slavery when he was in support of abolition? Please type your comments in
Microsoft Word next time so that spell-check is in effect and you may
correct your errors so that you may not appear even more ignorant than you
already are. In addition, Walt Whitman lived in the 1800's, so one cannot
merely pass off this poem as unrealistic. Perhaps this is so by today's
standards, but at the time the poem was written it was very realistic.
Agriculture dominated the economy and industry was emerging as a player in
the market as well. Consequently, the people described in his poem all
perform physical labor. So, one should not question Whitman's lack of
reference to people with other occupations. Whitman is also describing the
American workforce and population as a whole. If he were to be so very
specific as to list every occupation that existed, I do not believe that
anyone would sit through an entire reading of his work. So once again I ask
of you, go to school, the library, the internet, anywhere, and educate
yourself on the subject matter so that you will have facts to support your
argument. Thank you.

Garrett from United States
Comment 41 of 137, added on June 11th, 2005 at 11:00 PM.

This poem was written in a time where America was going through many many
changes industrially, socially...I think the author just speak out his good
wish about amercan common people.

leo from China
Comment 40 of 137, added on May 25th, 2005 at 4:32 PM.

Walt Whitman, in this poem, may actually be trying to be sarcastic. At the
time the poem was written workers were being mistreated and the conditions
they worked under were terrifying. Maybe the workers singing is their hope
and the only time they can sing "with open mouths" is at night when they
are amongst other workers and can express themselves freely. Being heavily
connected with the democratic party, a huge concern for Whitman was human
rights as well as unity.

Jamie from United States
Comment 39 of 137, added on April 24th, 2005 at 2:11 PM.

I get confused on the different kind of literary devies these kind of poems
have...could anybody explain them to me please?

John from United States
Comment 38 of 137, added on April 22nd, 2005 at 11:36 PM.

I think that Walt Whitman was unrealistic in this poem as America was not
"free" for everyone during the time that this poem was written. Minorities
and women's rights were not heard during this time thus their "singing" was
silenced. Read Langston Hughes, "I, too, sing America" to fully understand
the feelings of the oppressed and discriminated.

Kiki from United States

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Information about I Hear America Singing.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 4. I Hear America Singing.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 5. The Answerer
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 11 2012


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