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

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Comment 35 of 145, 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 145, 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 145, 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 145, 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
Comment 31 of 145, added on February 9th, 2005 at 1:57 PM.

To me the poem means that everyone is different and in America that is ok.
Everyone is allowed to sing their song out loud, not silenced by diversity,
"singing with open mouth." It is not necessarily singing, or workers...the
workers represent the ordinary citizen and the songs are our voices and
opinions. Even the small guys have the freedom of speech

Karen Whitley from United States
Comment 30 of 145, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:43 AM.

IT WAS FUNNY


dwq
Comment 29 of 145, added on January 28th, 2005 at 2:31 PM.

I feel that in this poem they feel exciting as they work,when on the other
hand some people dont like to work an sing "excitement"

Victor Betts Jfr
Comment 28 of 145, added on January 28th, 2005 at 2:09 PM.

The poem was alright but i did not like the poem because it was not real
nobody sing when they work at these kind of jobs. bye


michael from Zimbabwe
Comment 27 of 145, added on January 28th, 2005 at 2:24 PM.

In "I Hear America Singing" you can hear that it shows that the people in
america love to sing to their country and to their nobel jobs even with low
wages and hard times the people af america will always enjoy living in
their country and enjoy singing to their beautiful America.

Marlene Gomez
Comment 26 of 145, added on January 28th, 2005 at 2:23 PM.

I think that the poem"I hear America Singing" is a great poem because it
shows that people back then were happy to get any job, but today people are
non-conformists at what they do for a living.

Raquel Alvarado 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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