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

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Comment 61 of 141, added on March 21st, 2006 at 9:50 PM.

First of all I must say VERY WELL SAID GARRETT!!! (Comment No. 42) because
I have noticed there are a few illiterate commenters on here, who obviously
have no love for the art of poetry and must read poetry only in order to
pass a course. So in closing, if you do not understand the concept of
poetry and have no skills of analysing properly, please keep your
negativity to yourself and read content that is at your level.

Scott from United States
Comment 60 of 141, added on March 15th, 2006 at 8:52 PM.

I LOVE THIS POEM!its one of the best poems Mr.Whitman has wrote i remember
reading this in the 6th grade not understanding one word but then when i
came to high school i began to understand it and of course love it!

Danielle Ferreira from United States
Comment 59 of 141, added on February 27th, 2006 at 8:37 PM.

IF you match up the lines it comes close to an Alabama song, "40 Hour
Week". They both deal with the middle-class working man, the machines, and
mechanics. It's intresting to compare the two.

Aradia from United States
Comment 58 of 141, added on February 12th, 2006 at 11:24 AM.

I discovered Whitman 4 years ago and now i cant stay one day without read
his poetry. i would like to corrispond with other people that have my same
interest.

marco from Italy
Comment 57 of 141, added on February 10th, 2006 at 7:25 PM.

This poem is very boring.

Jordan Slone from United States
Comment 56 of 141, added on February 7th, 2006 at 4:22 PM.

This poem was used by William Striker during his newfond speech on politics
because of how insperational it is. It should be required by law to be
taught throughout our school sytems because of its imagery and use of
poetic devices such as metaphors and similes. His poetic skills surpass
that of even the best poets of the now and even the past. He should be
regarded by all as the father of national and stirring poems. All hail
Whitman!

Spinna from United States
Comment 55 of 141, added on February 1st, 2006 at 11:16 AM.

Interesting side-note to this poem, try reading and comparing it to
Langston Hughes' "I, Too"

Patrick from United States
Comment 54 of 141, added on January 19th, 2006 at 8:51 AM.

Comment number 43 is a dumb thing to say. If you don't understand poetry do
NOT comment on it. Just because he was a homosexual does NOT mean his
poems revolve around that. This poem has its flaws but does not say
anything about that.

Andrea from United States
Comment 53 of 141, added on January 15th, 2006 at 6:57 AM.

i did a reasurch paper on it and i felt it is such pragmatic to neglect
the artists and others in the empowerment of the nation

ahmed from Algeria
Comment 52 of 141, added on January 10th, 2006 at 9:51 PM.

Yes, after much review, the poem does glorify blue collared workers of
America (Lines 2-6) and suggest both America as a diverse (I hear America
singing, the "varied carols" I hear;) and yet strong (Singing...their
strong melodious songs) nation.

It is not disputed that Whitman had sexual attraction towards men, however
only 3rd hand accounts say he was actually in a homosexual relationship.
Yes there are more than obvious "suggestions" of such attractions (Line 7),
but an attraction does not mean a relationship.

Argueing to remove great work such as this from school curriculum because
of some suttle suggestions of a homosexual preference and a few 100 year
old rumours is down right wrong. It is similar to saying we should remove
"Romeo & Juliet" from all school books because it contains violence,
suggestions of sex, and murder.

Thomas Woos 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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