Walt Whitman "Spontaneous Me"

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Walt Whitman “Spontaneous Me” “Walt Whitman revolutionized American Poetry” (Norton 2190). A statement made by many, in which the American society can agree upon. His bold style of writing grasps the reader into a world where nature and sexuality meet. Whitman’s collection entitled Leaves of Grass was published in 1855 to a nation barely accepting of new ideas (Oakes). During the time of slavery and great religious value, Whitman’s pieces were considered immoral, traitorous and were often banned in many areas. In his piece, “Spontaneous Me,” Whitman describes the sexual act of procreation and masturbation from a male through metaphors of poetic nature. Walt Whitman was born in 1819 in New York, and it was only until after he died in…show more content…
The speaker now is a young boy who cannot fight the urges he has been having. Whitman describes his genitalia and the encounter as, The no-form'd stings that sights, people, objects, sting me with, The hubb'd sting of myself, stinging me as much as it ever can any one,The sensitive, orbic, underlapp'd brothers, that only privileged feelers may be intimate where they are, The curious roamer the hand roaming all over the body, the bashful withdrawing of flesh where the fingers soothingly pause and edge themselves, (Whitman 23-26) The movement in the poem becomes fast as the rhythm and wording change to show the boys frustration by not resisting temptation. Whitman uses words such as, “pensive,” “painful” and “torment” to describe the boy’s feelings.” When he is done, the poem climaxes to become the semen. It is stated clearly in this line, “The limpid liquid within the young man,” to break the poem off to the next section (Whitman 27). The boy is angry with himself and ashamed as Whitman writes, “The pulse pounding through palms and trembling encircling fingers, the young man all color’d, red, ashamed, angry;” (Whitman 34). Whitman then moves back to his soft flow as if the tension has been released. In this final portion of the poem, the speaker becomes one with nature once again. Whitman writes these last lines as if to say these sexual experiences and urges are natural. He speaks of
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