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

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Comment 51 of 141, added on December 15th, 2005 at 6:57 PM.

Sahara from U.S u do not know what u r talking about this is one of the
greatest poets in American History. It doesn't say anything about a love
affair in the whole poem now does it? NOPE

Comment 50 of 141, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 10:04 AM.


TROY from United States
Comment 49 of 141, added on September 9th, 2005 at 11:55 PM.

America singing on the eve of the industrial revolution
her workmen of all trades, he incldes the women and mothers the storng
melodious song full of hope and enthusiam on the eve or reconstruction and
indusrialization industrialization. One must explain his poetry in context
with the times and not condemn
him in term of today. Yet it is worhty to note the irony of the times in
the following poem.inspired by
Whiman's I hear America Singing

Songs of the New world

I hear technology singing
I hear the hum of computers
from the sockets in the wall
and transmitters down the hall

I feel the waves of energy
tremors of mighty power
fill the rooms and towers
with the click and beat pulsing all about

Shimon Weinroth from Israel
Comment 48 of 141, added on September 8th, 2005 at 7:54 PM.

My love you are like a roll of cookie dough to me
You make me want to kiss you with my wet soggy lips
Come to me my little cough drop
I think you are like a hairy baboon
I love you

joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 47 of 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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

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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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