To A Locomotive In Winter Analysis

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Walt Whitman was an American literary erudite that excelled in writing poems, essays and journals. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism incorporating both views in his works. Whitman embraced his culture and roots; he sought to express his pride or disapproval of these, mainly with poems. A combination of his personality, literary traits of the time and his love for literature led him to become what they called, the father of free verse. His topics mainly covered social narratives and he was very open when choosing what to write about. According to the Encyclopedia of American Studies, “the publication of Leaves of Grass on or about July 4, 1855, was an act at once of cultural revolution and a continuation of politics by other means” (Betsy Erkkila). The controversy of this piece lies in its “obscenity” and blatant expression of sex, however, Whitman also included these poems as cultural expressions. He, of course, had other topics, one of the ones I will write about today, which is his passion about the advancement of technology and the impact it had on society.
“To a Locomotive in Winter” is a poem that narrates the grandeur of the steam locomotive implemented in the United States around the 1870s. An important theme in this poem that I will examine is the pride Whitman had stemming from this technological advancement. Whitman was enthusiastic about societal progress and this poem uses tone, diction and a first-person point of
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