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

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Comment 77 of 167, added on July 18th, 2011 at 1:00 AM.

Kudos! What a neat way of tnhiknig about it.

Patience from El Salvador
Comment 76 of 167, added on February 3rd, 2011 at 10:43 AM.

It was great until he brought up women...That totally killed it..nuff said

wade from United States
Comment 75 of 167, added on February 3rd, 2011 at 10:41 AM.

It was great until he mentioned women. That killed it...

wade from United States
Comment 74 of 167, added on March 30th, 2009 at 9:03 PM.

This poem shows the true meaning of being an American and I think alot of
americans have lost sight of this. Americans are suposed to be free and
independent but we are all starting to just drift into the crowd.I
personally love this poem and Walt Whitman is a fantastic writer.

amber from United States
Comment 73 of 167, added on January 9th, 2009 at 12:43 AM.

omg this poem is like the best i ever read omg... i love it i love all the
stories about walt whitman i love him i love his poems especially the o
captian my caption......................... i love that one dude it so

ericka from United States
Comment 72 of 167, added on November 2nd, 2007 at 9:26 AM.

I am doing a Term Paper on Whitman and 2 poems by him! O Captain My
Captain and I Hear America Singing! They are such great poems! He is really
amazing with his works!!

Jordan from United States
Comment 71 of 167, added on May 31st, 2007 at 12:46 PM.

I would like to comment that i view this poem as a symbol of American
nationalism. It seems to me that Whitman is using singing as a symbol of
the sounds that working creates, turning the sounds of industry into music.
But at the same time he is portraying a happy world. It's obviusly about
the American Dream, but it is also about finding joy in your work. The main
issue i have with the poem is within the two sentences: "The boatman
singing what belongs to him in his boat - the deckhand singing on the
steamboat deck." Life was not so rosy being a worker in America. Sure it is
nice now after the workers got a lot more rights, but this was written
while Capitalism was in it's prime. Being a worker was not that nice, the
life of a worker was not far from what we would regard as hell. While
Whitman being the posetive American would write something like this, the
british writer Charles Dickens shows the negativity of the time. While the
age of enlightenment was supposed to bring great prosperity and joy to the
workers (read: The American Dream) working conditions did not really
improve that much. If you were born poor in Britain you died poor, the same
held true for America, except here you had a small chance at becoming rich.
Even though a chance is better then no chance the overly posetive poem
clearly showcases the ambivolence of the time. People did not just want to
think they were in a time where everyone was important, they wanted to
believe it. Personally i hate Nationalism. If you look at earlier societies
like Germany and Italy you can see what it leads to. Fascism follows
Nationalism and Fascism can be regarded as distilled Nationalism in my
A nationalistic attitude is nothing to be proud of, it only leads to
racism. As a last note i would like to mention that even if the American
Dream offered a second chance to a lot of people, we don't even have to dig
deeper then the slaves to understand that not everyone had such a great

Alexander from Norway
Comment 70 of 167, added on May 5th, 2007 at 5:28 PM.

No one mentioned Hughes' poem is an allusion to Whitman's. Does anyone
study allusion anymore?

sarah from United States
Comment 69 of 167, added on June 6th, 2006 at 3:38 PM.

the poem was great

nicole from Canada
Comment 68 of 167, added on June 6th, 2006 at 3:32 PM.

this poem was really cool it is one of the best poems i have read the poet
is really cool and the dude who wrot emooooooo is emoooooooooooooo

nicole from Canada

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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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