DNY walt whitman paper

DNY walt whitman paper - Shawn Varghese DNY Dr Pecorella...

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Shawn Varghese DNY Dr. Pecorella November 8, 2007 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Whether we are from a city in Germany or a small village in Ireland, humans are all similar in some ways. All human share the common experiences of love, hate, and sorrow. As Walt Whitman looks at the ferry, he sees “the crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes”. Although these people may look like they have nothing in common with the others from the other ferry trips, they all share the same goals and ideas that humans intrinsically have. Symbolically, the group that Whitman has seen before on the ferry could have been earlier immigrants and the ones that he will see on the ferry in later years could be future immigrants. These immigrants may have come from Northern or Southern Europe, but whether or not they came on an earlier or later ferry ride, each group of immigrants felt the same emotions and saw the same things as they traveled towards the shore. Each witnessed “the sunset, the pouring-in of the flood-tide, the falling-back to the sea of ebb-tide”. When looking from the viewpoint of Whitman, one can see how similar the people in the ferries looked. Whitman places himself in relation to the immigrants by saying in section 5: I too lived, Brooklyn of ample hills was mine I too walk’d the streets of Manhattan island, and bathed in the waters around it I too felt the curious abrupt questions stir within me
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