Essay about Poem Analysis - "Miracles" by Walt Whitman

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Poem analysis: “Miracles” by Walt Whitman 1. The first time I read through “Miracles,” it felt like the positive energy stored in the poem was jumping onto me. I am more of an optimistic person, so I tend to be positive in everything I do. I feel very blessed when I’m eating dinner with my family, when I’m with friends, when I’m riding a school bus, and when I’m looking at the sky. So, I could relate to this poem very well; it was like the poet read my mind. 2. People may say why make much of miracle? But for the author, everything around him is miracles. When he is walking down the streets of Manhattan, when he’s seeing the sight of the roofs of houses toward the sky, when he’s walking along the beach, when he’s standing under a…show more content…
“…walk the streets of Manhattan,” “…dart my sights over…” Because not everyone can walk or see, because hundreds of people in the world are blind or paralyzed, you need to be thankful for the “blessings.” Also at the end, he asks “what stranger miracles are there?” The word ‘stranger’ suggests the meaning, rather, different and larger than life scenes and crowd gathering occurrences. However, he’s actually recognizing the things people take for granted are miracles, no matter how small. 5. The goal of this poem, as told above, is to get people to thank for things they don’t see as miracles. He wants the audience to be acknowledged with the fact that all things, small or big, are miraculous. 6. By listing the small things we do in our everyday life and the nature that has always been there, at least we think they’ve always been there, Whitman reaches the audience easily. And by explaining and giving details to the small things that wasn’t very extraordinary in our lives, the author lets audience think deeper about those things. Whitman uses the word “or” continuously to emphasize the strong verbs. Verbs like “dart” and “wade” suggests very vivid and lively language. Also, he tries to address the opening question with his observation that the commonplace and conversation with someone he loves are miracles. He uses “hives,” “streets,” “table at dinner” as the examples of the common places. 7.

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