It seems to be the zeitgeist of when the poem was written where everyone had jobs that were equally hard in some way. The poem is a listing of manual workers, their work content and singing along the way. The , , , , and sing their own songs, as well. The tone of the poem is joyful, whimsical, and hopeful. According to him, America is en-route to progress with all the members of society contributing with will and selfless zeal. He has included both men and women, and has shown us a brighter side of their lives and how important they are to the nation. Personal Commentary I hear America Singing is in essence, a chirpy poem and dedicated to bourgeoisie section of American public.
What is the poem referring to. Rather than focusing on the white-collar of the nation, Whitman turns his attention to the average Joe of America - the common man, doing a blue-collar job. What better way to celebrate individuals and the physical body than connecting it with the physical manifestation of God himself. Second line has 7 syllables. Ballad-A poem that tel … ls a story such as folk tale.
He speaks of a carpenter, a boatman, and a mother; all fulfilling their duties to the society in which they are acquainted. However, the verses have rhyme and meter, the poem itself is erratic. In case of Walt Whitman, he aspired to seek freedom of self-exploration and discovery, rising above conventional forms as a true American. Now, think of words which begin with each letter - don't try … to make a poem yet, just write down all the words you can think of which will describe or explain America. But we are still unsure if it is too optimistic a portrayal, because life didn't come easy back then, especially for the laborers. It is the coming together of these unique individual pieces that ultimately creates the poem and what makes America so spectacular. If love was a smell, It would be as wonderful as french pasta.
He unites the American bourgeoisie class single-handedly with a melodious poem, cleverly shying away from praising elite class. Walt Whitman sees a thriving American society from his happy go-lucky perspective. An American poet, essayist, and journalist. Now rereading it with other things in mind, like the idea of unity that you mentioned, I can see how the poem brings about the idea that Americas foundation was built from the labor of these types of people, hard working individuals with a love for what they do. Whitman is the father of free verse. The mechanics keep the engines of the cars, boats, and machines in factories running operatively. Abstract Meaning: The abstract meaning can be how individuality of all American citizens shows how America is so unique and patriotic.
From re- reading the poem a couple of times I got a sense of what your observation of the distinct individual jobs coming together in the form of unity from singing, that may be a symbol of the unity, and how each individuals voice is then collaborated into what defines this country as a country of hard workers that carry their jobs with compassion and heart because their job is what defines them in and out of work. The house gave off the effect of this calmness and acceptance. The poet embarks on praising the working populace of the American society, highlighting individualistic traits in sheer emotion. It is a difficult task, indeed, to read this poem and not picture a neatly dressed military outfit, drummers and buglers in front, on their way to create chaos. Found-Using the style or phrases of a certain poem but altering, adding, and deleting words to create a similar style of poem with a different message.
Each individual is a cog in the American system, and pivotal to democratic machinery in general. Couplet- Two lines of poetry that rhymes at the end of each line. It seems as if the people sing to keep themselves busy and distract themselves from the hard work that they partake in. The notion of individuals singing their personalized songs is worth appreciating and respect. He hears the , the , the , and the singing.
He has a firm grasp on rhythm and meter, yet chooses not to write as others did. Much like an orderly army is more capable of inflicting disorder and destruction, so is a carefully crafted rhythm essential to the effectiveness of free verse. This is a patriotic poem that is narrated by a man who visits the different working classes of America and sees them sing as they work. This is evident in all his works, including this poem. Portraying Death as a kind gentlemen in this poem, Dickinson wanted to show the acceptance and calmness that she had towards death.
It can rhyme or not. Yet as rebel fronts a king in state, I stand within her walls with not a shred Of terror, malice, nor a word of jeer. They represent the stages of life. I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves of work, The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck, The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands, The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown, The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing, Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else, The day what belongs to the day--at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs. But that doesn't mean that Whitman's poems are a big ol' mess of lines.
For example, the construction site where the carpenter and mason must be working, the dockyard where the boatman and deckhand were at work, the woodcutter and ploughboy who probably worked at a farm, the mother at home, the young wife at work, and the seamstress at her workshop. Second line has 7 syllables. Limerick-A humorous, sometimes vulgar poem that has a certain rhyme scheme to it. In short, war creates chaos and upsets the natural order of things. These people are the ones contributing to America with their productive labor. The verbs used in this poem are deliberate and indicates action, keeping the poem moving in such a pace that the reader is compelled to feel as if he or she is going through the workday with each laborer. It's usually in iambic pentameter because it is more natural sounding.