A True Patriot: Walt Whitman Essay

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A True Patriot: Walt Whitman When one talks of great American Poets, if the person has any since of intelligence, then they can in now way fail to mention Walt Whitman. Whitman is unmistakingly a great American poet, So great, that Ralph Waldo Emerson said that he was an “American Shakespeare” (Tucker 247). While the debate still goes on about that comment, there is no debate about the greatness of Whitman. Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, NY on May 31, 1819 on Long Island. He was the second of nine children. He never developed a close relationship with his father, but he was very close to his mother. When he was four, he moved to Brooklyn where he went to school for six years and, when he was eleven, dropped out and began work as a…show more content…
In this poem, Whitman says that he will “mourn with ever-returning spring”, this shows his deep sorrow that the poet felt for the late Lincoln. This poem, much like O’ Captain, My Captain is drenched in symbolism (Unger 347). The “powerful western star” is used to symbolize Lincoln. The lilac, which is very prevalent in the poem, symbolizes rebirth of the nation after Lincoln’s death. Finally, the “hidden bird” in the poem symbolizes the poet and the power of poetry (348). In this poem, Whitman comes to terms with the loss of one he loves—Lincoln. Death and mourning shall give way to consolation and hope for the future (Magill 406). The book in which O’ Captain, My Captain and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d was entitled Drum Taps. It is this book of poems in which Whitman shows the horrors and realties of war. During the time of the Civil War, Whitman worked in Union Hospitals treating then North’s wounded soldiers. Without the traumatic experience that Whitman had, the book would not have the emotional fortitude that it has. Whitman’s vivid pictures depict the ugliness of war. Whitman does, however, find some ritual significance to, in the deaths of the soldiers, they were the atonement for the living (Magill 406). The Civil War is a period in Whitman’s life that he wanted to forget. Another famous poem in Drum Taps is A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Grey and Dim. This poem shows Whitman
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