Walt Whitman Discussion

Walt Whitman Discussion - An Analysis of Death Related to...

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An Analysis of Death Related to the 3 Assigned Poems by Walt Whitman Whitman's view of death is something that is essential to art, beauty, and a progressive, healthy society. "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," is a poem that display's Whitman's experience with nature to come to a realization of death that lit his fire for poetic emotion. Whitman’s realization came to being through the cries of a bird, warbling for its mate that had never returned to their nest. Whitman translates the cries of the bird, revealing Whitman’s deep emotional appeal to emotion, grown from the natural world. The narrator attempts to translate the bird in the poem, "'O darkness! O in Vain! O I am very sick and sorrowful," (Whitman line 119-120). Whitman implies death is a miserable idea, but also can scramble one's emotions to want to sing, and find an expression deep within oneself through nature. Whitman found this lesson of death through the echoing bird. This invigorated his artistic taste and awoke a poet within himself. The bird, which is the messenger, uplifted his spirit, "The messenger there arous'd, the fire, the sweet hell within/ The unknown want, the destiny of me,"
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2011 for the course POLS 2301 taught by Professor Beggan during the Spring '08 term at Lamar University.

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