Optimism In Walt Whitman's O Star Of France

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Walt Whitman “O Star of France” Walt Whitman’s poem “O Star of France” is a poem full of historic optimism. It is about faith in revolution and people who believe in the idea of revolution. In this poem Whitman expresses his hopes and faith in France and freedom. The poem was written during the last period of his creative work. In this part of his life Whitman was disappointed in American political system; he criticized society and was devoted to the idea of freedom which is also expressed in the poem about Lincoln. His poetry is romantic and full of hope in this period of life (Krats 14). I enjoyed reading this poem and really liked it. I like how every new stanza contains an epithet that describes how Whitman sees France. And every epithet is developed in in stanza it begins. For example, the second stanza begins with “Dim, smitten star!” And the author supports the idea further why it is “smitten”. The answer is because it is a “pale symbol of my soul”, and it symbolizes “terror to the tyrant and the priest”. It is smitten and not bright because it brings terror. However, it also brings “aspirations toward the far ideal”. Aspirations are like hope; they are but not that bright like real action. That’s why the star is smitten. I find this poem very interesting and intellectually stimulating because Whitman has never been to France but he creates such an impression like he’s been there. Why? Whitman was inspired with the idea of democracy and that’s why he supported the

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