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Short 1 Cameron Short Ms. Bray English 101 23 September 2009 Future Minds of the World In Walt Whitman’s “Poets to Come,” he centers his writing on the idea that the upcoming writers will determine the future. The future puts a different perspective on the past and it is up to these writers to “prove and define” what Whitman has said in his work, best expressed in the first and second stanzas of the poem. To continue with this theme, Whitman uses punctuation, repetition of phrases, indentation, and caesuras to emphasis important ideas that coincide with the futuristic theme of the piece. The poem contrasts the idea of the past and the future and includes imagery to correspond with Whitman’s main point. Whitman believes that orators, poets, singers, and musicians are the future of the world. He does not know what is to come of the future but he leaves it up to these people to learn from the things he did and make them better. A recurring device in Whitman’s poem includes the exclamation marks both within and at the end of the lines. The exclamation marks that occur in the first stanza happen after “poets to come” in the first line and after the word “arouse” in the third line. The author also includes an exclamation mark at the end of the first line. This phrase draws attention to the idea of the future in the poem and presents the main idea, which pertains to future writers “to come.” The same thing happens after the phrase “orators, singers, musicians to come” in the first line. The third instance of the exclamation mark occurs after the word “arouse” in the third line. This example gives the reader a different feeling than the other two
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