Close Reading: Trickle Drops Walt Whitman

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Trickle Drops

Trickle drops! my blue veins leaving!
O drops of me! trickle, slow drops,
Candid from me falling, drip, bleeding drops,
From wounds made to free you whence you were prison'd,
From my face, from my forehead and lips,
From my breast, from within where I was conceal'd, press forth red drops, confession drops,
Stain every page, stain every song I sing, every word I say, bloody drops,
Let them know your scarlet heat, let them glisten,
Saturate them with yourself all ashamed and wet,
Glow upon all I have written or shall write, bleeding drops,
Let it all be seen in your light, blushing drops.

-Walt Whitman

Angela Drews
Professor Pat Baehler
English 3005W
04/11/2012

Close Reading: Trickle Drops

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He needed to acknowledge these feelings again with opening up these “wounds” and letting these confession bleed out of him. Deep within the body and soul are where these things lie and with pressing out these “red drops” or confessions he is able to achieve some sense of relief. Whitman had a deep appreciation for confessing because it is such a big part of him. He acknowledges it and wants to remember it when he writes “Stain every page, stain every song I sing, every word I say, bloody drops” (7). He uses the word stain to signify that he wants these things to be remembered and be a part of everything he does. It takes so much emotion for him to be able to make these confessions that Whitman wants these to become a part of who he is. His intentions are not to forget the acknowledgment of the confession, but to help him continue in life. Every one of his confessions has some form of importance that he wants to remember. Whitman uses a certain way of writing to be able to portray the act of confessing and the emotion in his poem Trickle drops. When looking at the poem there is a pattern, which starts with the second line every two lines ends in drops. Every time Whitman ends with drops it signifies the confessions coming out, the next two lines to follow are the feeling and passion about these confessions that had occurred. He gives the poem these breaks from the

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