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Comment 6 of 56, added on December 19th, 2008 at 2:58 PM.
Remember the Young Ireland movement in the 1840s-50s, perhaps Whitman
alludes to all the Irish American union soldiers/fenians fighting for
freedom. I did not know he had such feelings for old ireland. The Poor Old
John O'Loughlin from United States
Comment 5 of 56, added on March 31st, 2007 at 9:30 PM.
This is a fantastic poem and beautifully expresses the history of Ireland.
It truly enlightens this beautiful country.
Allison Miller from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 56, added on May 30th, 2006 at 1:27 PM.
This text has the imagery of the dying Ireland during the time of the Great
Famine (1845-1850), one of the greatest human disasters in the last
century, and its subsequent rebirth in the New World.
Dena from United States
Comment 3 of 56, added on April 27th, 2006 at 6:44 PM.
THis poem speaks the truth about the Lord and everything, it's an awesome
Caterina from United States
Comment 2 of 56, added on December 22nd, 2005 at 9:22 PM.
i think it's more about the country of Ireland and it's "progress" from
independent to british to independent again... i'm terrible with history,
but having lived in ireland i think whitman's view of the nation still
applies, it is a place that maintains life - cultural and historical life,
that is - even when it seems it has died. interesting...
stefjay from United States
Comment 1 of 56, added on September 16th, 2005 at 4:44 AM.
I'm not sure about this at all. Is the poet speaking of a son who has
migrated to America or is it deeper than that? is he suggesting that when
we die we leave one form only to take another somewhere else. That life
goes on through the earth and sky....I would be more comfortable with
that...but then i am a mother.
tillietee from Australia
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