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Analysis and comments on On the Beach at Night. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 19 of 112, added on September 1st, 2011 at 1:42 AM.

On a human level, it is about not giving up hope. it may be cloudy in the
sky tonight, and i may not be able to see Jupiter and the Pleiades, but
while staying close to someone to ease the loneliness, I can await another
night where the stars will shine again. Sad times do not have to last
forever. It is about the longevity of love. The child, placing almost
human-like sympathy on Jupiter and the Pleiades is comforted by her father,
who tells her that these stars are immortal and will shine again.

lonely from United States
Comment 18 of 112, added on August 8th, 2011 at 7:09 AM.

i think that in this poem poet says the truthful love between him and his
daughter,his child may in sorrow and his father console your sorrow like
strange cloud soon wanised but you
like moon,so you can come frome sorrow like moon come from strange

s.prabu09uen162 from India
Comment 17 of 112, added on August 8th, 2011 at 7:09 AM.

i think that in this poem poet says the truthful love between him and his
daughter,his child may in sorrow and his father console your sorrow like
strange cloud soon wanised but you
like moon,so you can come sorrow like moon come from strange

s.prabu09uen162 from India
Comment 16 of 112, added on August 6th, 2011 at 7:27 AM.

night here in this poem is used to show to reflect the loneliness of the
poet in this vast universe to which both he and all humanity is confronted
to...though night is a symbole of depression and loneliness ..depression is
to be avoided here in this poem...the poet is then feel himself caught
between time and space ..and then become involved in the eternal ultimate
mouvement of time and place

midnightsummerheat from Morocco
Comment 15 of 112, added on February 1st, 2011 at 5:27 PM.

i think that when he says the old mother he is comparing it to the earth
and this is also a juxtaposition because he talks about the old earth and
the future.

saly from United States
Comment 14 of 112, added on May 31st, 2010 at 11:09 AM.
Pleiades Brother/Sister

Regarding the comments on the "Swim the delicate brothers, the Pleiades."
as incorrect. It is not. Many cultures have stories behind this
constellation. In Whitman's time he could be referring to the Lithuanian
legend tying the constellation to the "7 sleeping brothers."

Search on the term: "Lithuanian Ethnoastronomy" for more information on the
7 brothers.

This poem is correctly quoted.

Rob Keown from United States
Comment 13 of 112, added on December 14th, 2009 at 8:09 PM.

In “On the Beach at Night Alone,” Walt Whitman implies that everyone and
everything is connected to nature. Whitman uses a variety of writing
techniques to get his point across. First, the repetition and parallel
structure that his poems contain reinforce the connection between
everything in nature. The usage of “All” 11 times emphasizes the inclusion
of everything in the universe. The sentence structure remains the same
throughout the poem, without any drastic change; however, the length of the
lines in the poem vary. In addition, Whitman’s’ extravagance with his words
further illustrates his idea of the Over-Soul. For example, “A vast
similitude interlocks all” (4) shows his verbose nature. Whitman does not
do directly to the point, but gives every little detail. Most importantly,
Whitman’s’ use of catalogues stands as the most recognizable Whitman
characteristic that illustrates his beliefs. These long lists that he uses
set the mood of the poem. “All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns,
moons, planets,” (5) shows the idea that everything is connected in nature.
Similarly, “All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations languages.” (10)
furthermore emphasize Whitman’s belief in the Over-Soul.
Although Whitman uses a great deal of structural ways to stress his ideas,
he also uses many other ways of delivering his ideas. First of all, Whitman
portrays himself as a public spokesman of the masses. The tone of the poem
is a very loud, informative tone that grabs ones attention. The emphasis
placed on the word “all” adds to the characterization of Whitman as a
powerful speaker. Furthermore, Whitman takes part in his own poem.
Participating in his own poem, Whitman moreover illustrates the connection
between everything in life. Lastly, Whitman, most of all, celebrates
universal brotherhood and democracy. Once again, the inclusion of the word
“all” so many times demonstrates Whitman’s belief in that everyone is
connected no matter what their position is in society. Whitman stresses the
fact that all humans are equal in that “All identities that have existed or
may exist on this globe” (11) share similar connections with nature.
Ultimately, Whitman’s belief in the Over-Soul reveals the bond between
nature and the universe.

Kaleigh Bartlett from United States

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Information about On the Beach at Night.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 5. On the Beach at Night.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 19. Sea-Shore Memories
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 8 2004

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