Dominant Themes In Whitman's Poetry Essay

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The dominant themes that are more pervasive in Whitman’s poetry are democracy, life/death cycles, individualism, and nature. These themes play major roles in some of his more notable poems such as “Songs of Myself” or “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” He used democracy as a theme to bring society together, and unite everyone based on their general beliefs. He depicted life and death cycles to merge society together on a spiritual level. Despite his eagerness to unite society he also embraced individualism, and is also a persistent theme in most of his poetry. Nature was an important concept that Whitman used to convince people who there were more important things to life than class structure. He used nature connect us all, and encourage people to …show more content…
This contradictory statement would go against Whitman’s beliefs because he believed society should act as one, and by lying to one another it leads to feelings of deception as well as betrayal. Misleading one another is not the right way to build foundations with one another. Whitman always wanted people to be genuine, and being honest is a significant aspect of unifying society. Although Dickenson goes to write that “success in circuit lies,” this will still not sway Whitman. Dickenson is basically writing that the truth will come around sooner or later. Whitman believes that people who just do the right thing the first time will be true to themselves as well as to others. You either tell the whole truth, or you don’t. Without being honest people cannot progress in their relationships with one another, and in then end will fail to unite. Another example where Whitman would disapprove would be when Dickenson writes “They shut me up…as when a little girl..they put me in the Closet….Still! Could themselves have peeped” Here Dickenson is talking about how the little girl was put in solitary only because she spoke her mind as well as implying a hypocrisy occurring.
Whitman would definitely disapprove because he believes that everyone is entitled to their perspective, and should not be punished for expressing their unique outlook. Whitman is for a democratic society, but to be a…