Walt Whitman Biography

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Wonderful Causing Tears The ability to pinpoint the birth or beginning of the poet lifestyle is rare. It is rare for the observer as it is for the writer. The Walt Whitman poem “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” is looked at by most as just that. It is a documentation, of sorts, of his own paradigm shift. The realities of the world have therein matured his conceptual frameworks. In line 147 we read “Now in a moment I know what I am for, I awake.” This awakening is at the same time a death. The naiveté of the speaker (I will assume Whitman) is destroyed. Through his summer long observation, the truths of life are born, or at least reinforced, in him. The obvious elements are birth and death, which are both caused by another instance…show more content…
The birds’ thoughts are his own interpretation. He witnesses what he believes to be true love between the two. Two together! Winds blow south, or winds blow north, Day come white, or night come black, Home, or rivers and mountains from home, Singing all time, minding no time, While we two keep together. There seems to be a perfection to the state which these two share. No matter what the world brings their love exists as it always had. The next stanza begins with “Till of a sudden, May-be kill’d, unknown to her mate, One forenoon the she-bird crouched not on the nest, Nor returned that afternoon, nor the next Nor ever appeared again.” The recently impossible is now the reality. The love perceived by Whitman still exists, but not as a functioning unit. From this point on the he-bird longs for the lost love of his mate. The voice of the he-bird calls for nature to return his love to him by any means necessary. “Blow! Blow! Blow! Blow up sea-winds along Paumanok’s shore; I wait and I wait till you blow my mate to me.” This is the extent to which the he-bird carries on the love for the she-bird, with a constant longing song. Whitman recognizes this and begins the process of slowly coming to learn the truths of the world. “Land! Land! O land! Whichever way I turn, O I think you could give me my mate back again if you only would”. Whitman also realizes the torment felt by the he-bird as he is confused by the world without
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