I Hear America Singing Parallelism

Good Essays
Walt Whitman was an American poet. Through his many years as a poet he faced the many challenges of writing pieces that would appeal all races and ages. He was the poet who knew that the way that blacks was treated was unfair, so he wrote many pieces about the particular topic. For example, his most famous work is “Leaves of Grass,” where he discusses what he sees day to day as a white american, the horrific actions that were placed upon blacks. Whitman used tone, diction, and many different themes to try and grasp the many people that were living in America at that time. In Walt Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing,” he uses parallelism with the word “his” to represent the many workers of America’s ownership of what they have done for…show more content…
Whitman believed that everyone on this earth is equal by saying, “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” He saw both blacks and whites as equal and how they should be equal because they all shared the same qualities. He concluded the stanza with, “Nature without check with original energy,” by this statement Whitman truly believed that the truest believers of God are the purest people and are abiding by nature correctly. In the next stanza, Whitman went from speaking about life and how to live it, to questioning what is life. Whitman went into series of educated guesses on what life could be, like, “... flag of my disposition,” “... handkerchief of the Lord,” or “A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt.” After a long time of questioning what life is, he realized that life is a human being. Simply because once a person dies they would be put into the ground and from that dirt grass would grow making the person’s spirit releasing into the world giving off life once again. In addition, Whitman uses imagery to give the ereaders a sense on what he is thinking he used phrases like, “... uncut hair of graves,” and “Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow zones.” As a reader I could picture these two phrases very clearly. I could feel the warm sun beaming onto my face and smelling the uncut grass. Also, seeing the grass growing
Get Access