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Analysis and comments on Dalliance of the Eagles, The. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 3 of 57, added on January 23rd, 2010 at 4:18 PM.
After I read this in college, I wrote my own.

The Dalliance of Dogs
Don Zouras

Skirting the backyard fence, (my nightly chore, scooping)
Across the dew-laden air a muffled sound, the dalliance of dogs.
The rushing amorous contact underneath the tire swing,
The clinching interlocking paws, a living, fierce
pumping train.
Two wagging tails, two panting tongues,
one grappling tight, the other unwilling
In short, bumping, shaking procession
Across the yard they go.
Till under the slide, a moments lull.
Stuck, a tense pause
Then I yell, and they go their separate ways
She hers, he his, pursuing the next heat wave.

Don Zouras from United States
Comment 2 of 57, added on September 16th, 2005 at 10:29 PM.

The narrator is arrested and held by an experience while taking a customary
midday walk along a river road. Previously, his walk brought him rest. This
day he looks on as two eagles force his sense and imagination to a new
pitch, where action, space, and time are all magnified in intensity to the
point of revelation. We are delivered to the world of nature and the world
of art at once. For Whitman it is love that the narrator metaphorically
ascribes to these creatures of flight and grace---our love---because this
is amorous dalliance and pursuit to us, but what to them? Surely, we will
never know. They "skirt" the human road, and do not walk it as we do. Seen
rightly and with human eyes, this is nothing but a revelation of what comes
to us from existence and beckons us to love, and love passionately. Thanks
to Whitman and the eagles to which he was able to bear witness.

Mark Brown from United States
Comment 1 of 57, added on June 20th, 2005 at 2:05 AM.

The dalliance of the eagles basically deals with a person having
experienced how to spot eagles mating. The persona of the poem is a person,
probably a farmer in the rural area. As he was going home at noontime, he
saw two eagles on foreplay before the mating itself. And he was telling
someone who has now experience of seeing eagles mate. Relating it to real
life experience, it is showing to us experienced people to impart the
knowledge to those who has none. In sum, experience, either personal or
impersonal, is still the best teacher.

Janie Lyn Prieto from Philippines

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Information about Dalliance of the Eagles, The.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 51. Dalliance of the Eagles, The.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 20. Leaves of Grass
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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