Comment 25 of 31, added on December 28th, 2012 at 11:08 PM.
Obviously some of you do not understand that people talked differently
25, 50 100, 250, 500 years ago. Walt Whitman was a very deep thinker. He
wrote outstanding poetry. The individual(someonereal) who wrote that this
poem is a waste of time needs to question their motives for making such a
comment. He or she obviously does not understand that most poetry is
allegorical or metaphorical in nature and is not meant to be taken
literally. My suggestion is to stop and READ the poem. Find a good synopsis
of the poem. Read the poem with the meaning of each stanza in hand.
Teachers have you read poetry because is show us many things about the
prevailing thought patterns of the time period in which they are written.
My next comment to someonereal is to go back to school and learn to
speak and write properly. Learn to spell also. You need to clean up your
mind. It is filled with very unhealthy thoughts. You have a potty mind and
need to fill with the Grace of Jesus Christ.
This poem was written at a time of great turmoil in the United States.
People had moved west and were farmers. The west did not farm well in terms
of raising cash crops. It does farm well for raising beef cattle. Those who
moved west found this out. If you have never been out west. Especially the
southwest, it is a very desolate land. Not much grass for grazing. Some
breeds of cattle do better than others. Summers are hot and winters are
harsh and in many places very cold. The desert of the southwest is a place
The northwest is also a place of extremes. But not the extremes of
heat in the summer. But extremes of cold and snow in the winter.
The pioneers of the east were used to four distinct seasons. They were
used to gradual changes in weather. They had to deal with people who did
not want them there. Namely Indians, the pioneers had to start everything
from scratch. They had to carve out from a very harsh environment and land,
lives for themselves. This poem is about that harshness and what they had
to live with.
Read this poem carefully it is an amazing account of what pioneers
I would recommend the companion book "O Pioneers", by Willa Cather. It
goes with the poem and explains much of what pioneers had to deal with in
terms of settling land and dealing with the harshness of the environment.
It is a great book about the history of this great nation of ours.
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