Paper: How Walt Whitman Changed the Way Poetry Is Viewed Today

This means that Whitman is possibly from a far and begins to yell something and this scares the birds away, which seem to be waiting for Whitman to leave because they are revolving around him. This is an example of how Whitman talks about nature and indicates that he in some way feels linked and compeled with the beauty and all other aspects. It seems like Whitman is able to understand the feelings of the animals in the poem, which he created, he also shows a hint of himself and his life in reflecion with the each animal. Whitman gives the impression that he cares for the animals when he asks "Oxen that rattle the yoke and chains or halt in the leafy shade, what is that you express in your eyes" (235)? Whitman is explaining how there are oxen that are held together by a yoke and they seem unhappy. The form of the poem is very complex. Whitman completely ignores rhyme scheme and meter. The shape of each stanza changes throughout the poem. This indicates that Whitman does not have a particular writing style and that he is a unique writer. However, this does not consider him to be a careless writer. Even though some lines are lengthy and may look like a run on, each line is carefully structured and carries meaning. All of this reflects the type of image the poet is trying to project. Whitman is considered a revolutionary writer so it is no surprise that he writes in free verse and does not commit to the expected norm. Whitman is projecting his personality to us in a way that gets his point across when one reads into his poetry. The denotation of the word personality is the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others. One aspect of Whitman's personality that is visible to us is his love for animals and nature. As | have stated before, this is Whitman's prominent theme. In all, this poem does not only describe Whitman's way of writing, it also displays his affectionate side towards animals and nature....