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Analysis and comments on O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman

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Comment 11 of 321, added on April 12th, 2006 at 7:06 AM.

this poem starts off in a more pessimistic tone. O me! O life! "of the
endless trains of the faithless"... "of the struggle ever renewed"... "what
good amid these? O me! o life!"

the answer is in comparison much more uplifting, as if whitman wanted to
make a contrast. it's almost like another speaker that comes to answer the
first speaker's pessimistic outlook on life. the second speaker shows him
that life is a powerful play, and that we may all contribute a verse

lEo from United States
Comment 10 of 321, added on February 7th, 2006 at 5:36 AM.

I first met this poem in a movie 'dead poets society', and I could not
froget this poem until the end of the movie. I also agree with Dori.
Thesedays, I felt depressed because I thought I was nothing. But now I can
say my great play is going on, and I got a terrafic roll. I am here. O me,
O life.

SeoJin from Korea, South
Comment 9 of 321, added on October 29th, 2005 at 4:16 PM.

oh me oh life! to be alive! life itself if the greatest gift, we have a
chance, we have an opportunity! so free yourself and search for something
more, something beautiful and high and wonderful, something that will make
your life worth living. life is a gift, do not squandor it, but use it
wisely, searching after truth. if you want to know what i consider to be
the highest truth, please do email me...

Comment 8 of 321, added on September 12th, 2005 at 6:32 AM.

That you are here that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse...
what will your verse be?

Sarah from Australia
Comment 7 of 321, added on July 7th, 2005 at 9:05 PM.

I think that in this poem he tried to say that we should express our
individualism instead of following the mass.

flor from Argentina
Comment 6 of 321, added on June 16th, 2005 at 11:56 PM.

I agree with Dori and I would like to add that to contribute a verse to the
powerful play does not have to be a lengthy nor complicated verse, just so
long as it isn't repetitive of past verses.

Matt from United States
Comment 5 of 321, added on May 25th, 2005 at 11:32 PM.

What I get out of this is that he is not talking about a good life or a bad
life, just LIFE. That we all have a part to play in this big play called
LIFE. And even when we think that in looking at the big of things, that we
make no difference, we are wrong in thinking that. Because just to be here
and have LIFE is the biggest part of all. You are you, and that is what is

Dori from United States
Comment 4 of 321, added on May 21st, 2005 at 9:37 PM.

In my view, the poem descibes both positive and negative respects of human
being's life. Both of them exist and the question is that which one we
prefer to believe in. Some time I think the answer or reply of "who am I"
is not "I am who" but "who am I want to be". haha!!! I can contribute a
verse of both the great powerful paly and my own poem.

Ding yao Bi from China
Comment 3 of 321, added on March 26th, 2005 at 9:52 PM.

The poem brings a very interesting thought. Life will always bring
undesired experiences, it is up to us if we will let it win and defeat us.
We cannot just go around being misserable and thinking about how life gave
us a kick on the ass, we have to try to make it better; because at the end
the answer is that it is on our hands, we have the power to change our life
for better or for worst.

Adriana from Costa Rica
Comment 2 of 321, added on February 8th, 2005 at 9:09 PM.

The poem an a very abrupt and dramatic change. I think the diffence
between the beginning and the ending of the poem it two ways that a person
can look at life. You can look at life and ask pessimistic questions or
you can look at life knowing that you are hear and you can do whatever you
want with it. You can make up "your own verse."

Meg from United States

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 1. O Me! O Life!
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 12. Leaves of Grass
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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