Second, as an artist he has the kind of courage and vision upon which new eras are found. Emerson and Thoreau would not willingly have subscribed to such a statement as "[c]opulation is no more rank to me than death is" "Song of Myself," section In the same way, for Emerson, "the world is a temple whose walls are covered with emblems, pictures and commandments of the Deity" He is a great fellow.
Whitman gives the idea that nature can teach us something through its appearance. Realism is shown through his use of an everyday setting in Louisiana with common experiences such as walking among nature in itself.
I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty. His half-formed purpose, his vague aspirations, all that had lain smouldering so long within him, waiting to be fired, rushed into flame at the touch of those electric words, -- the words that burn in the prose-poem Nature, and in the essays on Spiritual Laws, The Over-Soul, Self-Reliance.
Emerson, on the other hand, affirms, "Society is good when it does not violate me, but best when it is likest to solitude" He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness. Nevertheless, Christine comes around and affords him her friendship and even accepts a date.
On the whole, it sounds to me very brave and American, after whatever deductions. He answered frankly that he would. I remember hearing him allude to the incident shortly after that second edition appeared.
Of course Walt Whitman can communicate to us no experience, and if we are shocked, whose experience is it that we are reminded of? He liked to get off alone by the seashore, read Homer and Ossian with the salt air on his cheeks, and shout their winged words to the winds and waves.
There is also the contrast and parallelism in paired lines where he distinguishes ideas of having friends and not, between himself and the leaves of the trees. I think that men have not been ashamed of themselves without reason.
I follow you whoever you are from the present hour, My words itch at your ears till you understand them. However, Whitman displays transcendentalism through the student walking out of the classroom and into nature itself.
Though rude, and sometimes ineffectual, it is a great primitive poem--an alarum or trumpet-note ringing through the American camp.
He occasionally suggests something a little more than human. Keating must stay in an attempt to mold young minds to believe in independent thought.
That Walt Whitman, of whom I wrote to you, is the most interesting fact to me at present. This was in ; he was then thirty-five years old. The sturdy carpenter in his working-day garb, seated on his pile of boards; a poet in that rude disguise, as yet but dimly conscious of his powers; in one hand the sandwich put up for him by his good mother, his other hand holding open the volume that revealed to him his greatness and his destiny, -- this is the picture which his simple narrative called up, that Sunday so long ago, and which has never faded from my memory.
A spider spins silken thread to span a void.
Each creature tirelessly constructs bonds to its surroundings. I do not believe that all the sermons, so called, that I have preached in this land put together are equal to it for preaching.
However, the turn from realism to a transcendental aspect occurs when Whitman gives the tree and its leaves human like characteristics.
He liked to get off alone by the seashore, read Homer and Ossian with the salt air on his cheeks, and shout their winged words to the winds and waves.
There are two or three pieces in the book which are disagreeable, to say the least; simply sensual. Speaking of the attention the new poet was attracting, he mentioned an Englishman who had come to this country bringing a letter to Whitman from Monckton Milnes afterward Lord Houghton.
Whitman not only published that letter without the writer's authority, but printed an extract from it, in conspicuous gold, on the back of his second edition, -- "I greet you at the beginning of a great career;" thus making Emerson in some sense an indorser not only of the first poems, but of others he had never seen, and which he would have preferred never to see in print.
I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be. And I knew that the later writings of Whitman interested him less and less. Knox Overstreet takes a big risk in kissing Christine, and also by showing up in her class giving her flowers and reciting poetry.In summary, Walt Whitman was a highly influential American poet and a key member of the transcendentalist movement, along with contemporaries Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Transcendentalism in the Poems of Whitman From looking at the titles of Walt Whitman's vast collection of poetry in Leaves of Grass one would be able to surmise that the great American poet wrote about many subjects -- expressing his ideas and thoughts about everything from religion to Abraham Lincoln.
That Walt Whitman, of whom I wrote to you, is the most interesting fact to me at present. I have just read his second edition (which he gave me), and it has done me more good than any reading for a long time. Transcendentalism in the Poems of Whitman From looking at the titles of Walt Whitman's vast collection of poetry in Leaves of Grass one would be able to surmise that the great American poet wrote about many subjects -- expressing his ideas and thoughts about everything from religion to.
Walt Whitman’s use of nature and the common man connects to Transcendentalism in his poems “I Saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing,” “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” and “When I Heard the.
- Walt Whitman: Transcendentalism By the late 19th century, Walt Whitman had become positioned at the forefront of the American cultural lexicon. His poetry was at once brash, dissonant and resoundingly erotic.Download