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

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Comment 4 of 314, 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 314, 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 314, 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
Comment 1 of 314, added on October 31st, 2004 at 5:27 AM.

Perhaps the author's dissatisfaction with his life at that time.
But the poem ends with an optimistic note. Like his questions are being
answered by God, or a god, or a wiser person.

Laura from Brazil

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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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