Walt Whitman’s V.S. Baudelaire’s Walt Whitman’s, “Song of Myself” and Charles Baudelaire’s “A Carcass” have many similarities and differences. Both of the poems have qualities of death in the end which reflect their early lives. Walt Whitman and Charles Baudelaire had very different childhoods in the sense that Whitman had a close family when he was growing up through adolescents. While Baudelaire had a broken family when he was a boy.2 The authors integrate self and views of the self in their texts, in addition they also have specific words and phrases that they both use. Walt Whitman’s, “Song of Myself,” focuses on himself in the sense that the body is connected with nature. Throughout the portion of “Song of Myself,” Whitman describes a part of his body as a part of nature. “My tongue, every atom of my blood, formed from this soil, this air.”1 In this sentence Whitman describes his tongue and blood as being made from soil and air. He then goes on to say, “Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same.”1 Here Whitman is describing that everyone is connected in a way. When the two quotes are meshed together they describe that not only is everyone part of the earth but since they are a part of earth, everyone is connected by nature. In addition to this, just as nature is about life, death always …show more content…
Whitman does so by discussing death on a battle field in war and he discusses nature by describing the human body coming from the earth itself.1 Whitman also sees everyone not as individuals but as a whole connected and intertwined by the earth. He also uses the word, “I” throughout the poem. Baudelaire on the other hand sees nature in a sexual sense. He compares the carcass so that it sounds sexual in a very demeaning and disgusting way. Baudelaire does not use the word, “I,” until the end of the poem, when he describes himself as deaths
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Whitman was not concerned with what was called traditional religion. He expressed that the poet was the new priest and he thought religion was negative and too confining. Although he speaks negative of religion, Whitman poetry echo’s that of biblical undertones. For instance, in his poem “Song to Myself,” he speaks of how we come from soil, in which the bible speaks of us being made from the dust of the ground. Whitman considered himself as a “bardic probhet,” in which he was breaking away from the traditional way of British poetry.
A During the 1800’s, Rebel and a Recluse would change the landscape of American Literature forever. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson would skillfully and passionately write several a hundred poems between them, and while they were seldom appreciated in the years of the authors, they would become treasured during the time after them. Walt Whitman was born in 1819, and at the age of 11 was deprived of a normal childhood education because his father wanted to recapture the families lost glory. The Whitman’s were once a wealthy family, owning a good deal of farmland in the New York state’s long island (Walt Whitman Biography, n.d.). Similarly, Emily Dickinson would finish most of her childhood education, attending two different academies for a total of eight years (Emily Dickinson Biography, n.d.).
In the poems Facing West From California's Shores and The Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman are very beautiful poems focused on the meaning of life. They have both differences and similarities. In the poem Facing West From California's Shores the speacker is arriving from a long journey where he had gone in search of " what is yet not found. " At the end of his trip he realizes that he had not found for what he was looking for. Wich was significance because people will never stop searching for significance our whole lives.
Throughout Walt Whitman’s writing, it is evident that many of his publications contain contradicting viewpoints about the quality of life. While in many of his works Whitman approaches the complexities of life by gazing through “rose colored glasses”, in other poems Whitman writes cynically, and seems to point out every complication with the world. This difference in the outlook on life can be seen within I Hear America Singing and As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life, where Whitman considers accomplishments, and their value in society. While in I Hear America Singing the achievements of people are viewed as extremely important since they live on forever, in As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life, accomplishments are viewed as useless since they are forgotten when people pass away.
When people do not agree with society they can create a counterculture. A counterculture is a subculture that opposes mainstream ideas and values. Transcendentalism was a counterculture from the early 19th century that went against social norms of that time. The Beat movement was also a counterculture that had many similar aspects to Transcendentalism because they both disagreed with their societies. The Beat movement was started in the 1940’s and was made famous by the many authors and poets that developed the movement with their writing.
We are able to see this when Whitman says “The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck, The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands”(Whitman, 5-7). That quote shows how the people like doing there job. But in the poem “I, Too” it talks about racism and how he is going to overcome it, we can see this when Hughes states “Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed(15-17)” this shows that he doesn 't care about what they think about him because he know that he is beautiful. This shows how the two poems are different by how they both have different stories and meanings behind the writing. They are different stories because the two talk about two different things like in “I Hear America Singing,” Whitman talks about how everyone loves what they do and want to sing because of it while in the poem “I, Too,” Hughes writes about racism and how he can overcome it, which shows how different the two poems
"Howl" reflects the turbulent social situation in the United States in the 1950s, and it reminds people of many outstanding literary masterpieces produced after the huge ups and downs of society. The purpose of "Song of Self" is to tell the story of taking the individual's life experience as the whole life, covering the infinite life with the limited life, and grasping the eternal life of the universe with the short life. " Song of Self" is more about expressing the relationship between self and society. Whitman believes that everyone is an independent and free existence, and should pursue self-realization and self-worth instead of being restricted by social rules and constraints. He emphasized the importance of individuality and independence and believed that only by daring to express yourself and sticking to your beliefs and ideals can you truly realize
Whitman Walt, Williams Carlos Williams and Audre Lorde are three great American poetic writers in the American Literature. These writers transformed the literature world by using reality to create language in their writings, which is very fascinating, as they all used the language tools of symbolism, metaphor, nature and imagery in their critical illustrations of their poems. Example, Whitman, related his poet to the growth and changes that occurred in his life, thereby giving nature the room to do his work without withholding it, whereas Williams poems talks more about his life towards moving forward and achieving his goal expectation in life. Williams poet, talks more about ‘’glazed with rain water’’ which is also the force of nature in action.
His works are full of realistic qualities. Moreover, they are long with deep messages, as well as well-structured and detailed. Furthermore, his poems are democratic both subject and the language which shows how intellectual was his imaginary and visual style of writing. To both Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, the individualism in society has a huge importance which, at the same time, inspired their style of writing. Also, they accept the importance of God in connection with nature and immortality.
Within Whitman’s poems, a dark and depressing tone can be visualized. Whitman seemingly talks sadly throughout his poems. Throughout several works by Whitman, there is rarely any happy scenes of any sort. “My captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still”(O Captain, 17). Since Whitman’s poems were written based on the Civil War, it is understandable for the poems to be depressing in tone.
Walt Whitman uses diction and figurative language to find the purpose of life in his poem, “O Me! O Life!”. For the duration of the first stanza, a negative choice of vocabulary describes the problems of life. “The endless trains of the faithless” (2), displays a lack of hope that leads to a morose tone.
One word that stuck out to me most in Walt Whitman’s collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, was the word “myself”. The word appears in the text a total of sixty times giving the word many interpretations. Each poem win this collection has its own focus point although, many share similar ideas. Whitman’s promotes his belief’s and he is able to do so by using the word “myself”.
In this grand poem, Whitman glorifies the unity of all people and life. He embraces the geographical diversity as well as the diversity of culture, work, as well as sexuality or beliefs. Whitman’s influence sets American dreams of freedom, independence, and self-fulfillment, and changes them for larger spiritual meaning. Whitman appreciates hard work as well as being simple and non-egotistical. His major ideas are things such as soul, good health, as well as the love of nature.
Walt Whitman, born in 1819, was an American writer who in the 1940’s published a number of poems and short stories including the book of poems “Leaves of Grass.” One of those being A song of Myself which wasn’t actually titled like this until 1881. A song of myself is filled with detail and symbolic meaning.
When reading his poems I was also able to hear some of the scenes he was describing through the use of the details that he displays. In Whitman’s Poem number 2, he describes, “The smoke of my own breath, echoes, ripples, buzz’d whispers, love-root, silk-thread, crotch and vine, my respiration and inspiration, the beating of my heart, the passing of my blood and air through my lungs” (1393). Not was I only able to visualize the path of a breath going in to the lungs, I was also able to hear the echoing sound that a breath would make as it travels throughout the body. I think that using the sense of hearing as a sensory detail in a poem is very critical because it adds another dimension of complexity and detail to a poem such as this. This part of his poem really stood out to me after reading it out loud because of the fact that I was able to hear what Whitman was