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Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” 1. Whitman uses a stream of consciousness style – explain and give examples. The style used by Whitman in his poem “Song of Myself” is stream of consciousness; his writing style closely imitates what could be a line of though traveling through Whitman’s head at any given time or place. This is illustrated throughout his poetry, most notably in his use of ellipses. Whitman uses them constantly, at some point in nearly every other line, to illustrate the movement in his train of thought. Such examples are present everywhere, such as on page 2131 where Whitman utilizes the ellipses to illustrate motion through his thought. “People I meet…the effect upon me of my early life…of the ward and the city I live in…of the nation”. In this line, Whitman uses the ellipses to demonstrate his stream of thought, showing us the images flashing
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Unformatted text preview: through his mind, from the “people [he] meets” to the “nation”. 2. This poem [Crossing Brooklyn Ferry] illustrates the reason for the existence of courses called humanities—explain. In “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”, the speaker is writing to all those who come after him, referring to future events from his perspective as well as describing his own observations of the present in order that the later reading and rider of the ferry may build upon these observations. Therein lies the humanity. The Humanities study writers who have come before in order to learn from them and build upon their knowledge. Whitman perfectly embodies the purpose of the Humanities in his poem: he writes to convey his thoughts and knowledge to the generations forthcoming that they may build upon him....
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