Whitman's Song of Myself Homework

The poem in chant 21 repetition

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Unformatted text preview: , nature, emotion, intensity, personification, sympathy and being united with the creation that surrounds him. Personification can be found in chant 22, when Whitman is personifying the sea. He writes, “You sea! I resign myself to you also – I guess what you mean, I behold from the beach your crooked inviting fingers” (page 1345). Whitman gives the sea “fingers “, which is a human quality that the sea does not possess. Here, Whitman not only shows personification but also worships the sea, showing his love and respect for nature. In this chant, Whitman also identifies himself with the sea by saying, “I am integral with you, I too am of one phase and of all phases.” on line 458 on page 1345. Not only does this chant show personification, respect for nature and identity with creation but it also shows Whitman’s theme of sympathy in his writing. On line 461, he writes, “I am he attesting sympathy” (page 1345). Here, Whitman is using his theme of sympathy and identity as one. 4. Chant 22 provides an example of Whitman’s theme of being one with nature. He believes that people should be united with nature, respecting and loving it very much. This theme can be specifically found in Chant 22. In the opening lines, Whitman writes “We must have a turn together, I undress, hurry me out of sight of the land, Cushion me soft, rock me in billowy drowse, Dash me with amorous wet, I can repay you.” (page 1345). This is evidence of his love of the sea, speaking to it as if it were a respectable person. This creates an image within the audience of Whitman becoming one with the sea. He creates a vision of the poet undressing and running into the waters of sea, getting scooped up by the powerful waves, becoming wet from the salty water and being taken far away from the land. Chant 26 also provides vivid imagery in the last passage, saying, “I hear the train’d soprano, The orchestra whirls me wider than Uranus flies, I am cut by bitter and angry hail, I lose my breath, Steep’d amid honey’d morphine, my windpipe throttled in fakes of death” (page 1350). This is evidence of Whitman’s sharpened senses and emotional highs. This specific part of this chant can be explained as the poet’s high on drugs or senses. His senses, such as hearing, are heightened when he hears the sounds of the orachestra playing. He is put into an emotional high when he hears the music within his “honey’d morphine” mental state. This creates an image of a man who is experiences some sort of high and having his senses truly heightened, appreciating music more. It also creates a somewhat humorous image, making the audience seeing a man on drugs that is enjoying a true ecstasy of his senses....
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2013 for the course ENG 210 taught by Professor Mercier during the Summer '13 term at Marist.

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