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

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Comment 41 of 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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
Comment 37 of 141, added on April 21st, 2005 at 7:20 AM.

I Hear America Singing is a great poem and I think it says alot of
inspiring things. I like this poem because it talks about americas
workforce. I can relate to this poem aswell.

Edgar Andrade from United States
Comment 36 of 141, added on April 19th, 2005 at 8:01 PM.

I'm currently studying Walt Whitman and I am right now learning about this
poem (I'm a sixth grader). This is one of the few poems I like and
understand. Why do teachers make kids study poems?!?

Kira Nerrice from United States
Comment 35 of 141, added on April 12th, 2005 at 7:45 AM.

Well- The SINGING that is refered to here is a figurative song. They people
are not actually SINGING while they work. The song is the routine of their
work that is basically the work that is holding America up--keeping the
country moving. This poem was written in a time where our country was going
through many many changes industrially, socially, we were gearing up for
the civil war, and slavery was on the cusp of being abolished. This poem is
about the people in America, those who make the country what it is. Whitman
wrote for the common man. He glorified blue collar work as the support that
holds the country together. The common man- as he called it- was
essentially America. Whitman did not even publish his work using his name.
He wanted his stuff to be read by everyone of all social classes and
ethnicities.

Jill from United States
Comment 34 of 141, added on March 23rd, 2005 at 10:54 PM.

To me this poem is less about a carefree society that is all joy and
singing. I think Whitman realized the problems in America also. This poem
is more about people finding satidfaction in their lives because it is
THEIR LIFE. No one elses. They are independent and that makes them free.
To be able to say that you worked for something, and it is yours, is a
great thing. Even if it is a low, honest working wage, or just the ability
to be comfortable with yourself.

Katie from United States
Comment 33 of 141, added on March 14th, 2005 at 9:27 PM.

Walt Whitman is a very patriotic poet. In his poem, he repeatedly used
"singing" as a symbolization of freedom and happiness in America. He also
described a very utopian society, a perfect place to dwell in.

natalie millon from United States
Comment 32 of 141, added on March 8th, 2005 at 7:45 PM.

I feel this means that everybody needs to do their jobs for the community.
Relating this to a Melody, the melody doesnt work without the harmony and
like that if only one person "sings their song" or does their work then the
song isnt complete and the community that relys on each other will fall
apart.

Jeff 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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