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

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Comment 38 of 158, 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 158, 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 158, 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 158, 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

Jill from United States
Comment 34 of 158, 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 158, 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 158, 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

Jeff from United States
Comment 31 of 158, 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 158, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:43 AM.


Comment 29 of 158, 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

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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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