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Analysis and comments on Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman

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Comment 25 of 68, 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
of extremes.
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
dealt with.
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.

C. Courtnay from United States
Comment 24 of 68, added on July 28th, 2011 at 6:42 AM.

Grazi for mkanig it nice and EZ.

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Comment 23 of 68, added on November 11th, 2010 at 9:52 PM.

I think this poem is a waste of time and if anyone needs to do an essay
"cough" I think i noe what school "cough" then the school IS OBVIOUSLY DUMB
... this is not even for college students and NO ONE NOES WTF THIS MEANS
BC IT WAS RITTEN like 100 years ago!!!

someone real :D from United States
Comment 22 of 68, added on September 20th, 2010 at 10:51 AM.
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I have a boner. lol (:

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Comment 21 of 68, added on May 21st, 2010 at 3:05 PM.

this poem has probably nothing to do with space it is in the 1900's
obviously its supposed to mean the united state's pioneers. about the
exploration of the united state's. or as some like to call it manifest
destiny!!!. it could also referr to the civil war with all the refernces to
the war. Through the north and south at the begining and ending with the
westerner's at the end. "oh western youth's how plain i see you" hmm i
wonder what that means??? naw it just has no affiliation with the United

austin from United States
Comment 20 of 68, added on January 13th, 2010 at 9:08 PM.

Inspiring poem on all counts but this cannot be transcribed into the space
race. Space is a scientific arena of study and maybe-could-be's. It is
extremely expensive and inaccessible except to the old, fat cats who have
no desire or need to do anything further. Whereas the West during Whitman's
time was a wild expanse that Everyman could search for his own adventure
and successes. Interesting, inspiring, patriotic, yes. Applicable to today?
Maybe not?

Zach from United States
Comment 19 of 68, added on December 19th, 2009 at 9:17 AM.

I think this poem could be meant different ways by whitman but we may never
know.(unless he explained it specifically somewhere) I would say that it
does have tones of western imperialism and over patriotism but notice that
it never mentions anything about white people! I relate to it in a very
different fashion. I believe it is about the hope of youth and the
championing of the youth. It is a poem of hope and how hope can be battle
field. In our youthful tension there is a battle that must be fought for a
new age that must come about to progress humanity and since the youth is
always the coming generation we are responsible for battling for the
progression of humanity. We are the pioneers.

Ryan from United States

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 2. Pioneers! O Pioneers!
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 10. Marches Now the War is Over
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 29 2005

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