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"I Hear America Singing"
Transcript of "I Hear America Singing"
By: Walt Whitman Sound Devices & Figurative Language Personification: I hear America singing
Metaphor: The delicious singing of the mother
Synecdoche: I hear America singing
Consonance: The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam
...or of the young girl sewing or washing...
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench... Paraphrase Walt Whitman is traveling around America, hearing the working men and women sing about how happy they are, and how prosperous America is. 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. The Title Evaluation! ...continued... Mood- Spiritual, upbeat
Diction (Word Choice):
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong
The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown "I Hear America Singing" The title is explaining what happens in the poem. It shows that the speaker was not specifically writing about America, but is speaking about the working class. The working class each having their own special reason for singing their joyful song. An American poet, essayist, and journalist.
Born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York
Died March 26, 1892 of pleurisy
Very interested in America and its thriving democracy-that is why he wrote the poem. Theme Literal Meaning: The literal meaning of this poem is the narrator hearing all types of people throughout America singing. He hears mechanics, carpenters, masons, boatmen, shoemakers, hatters, wood-cutters, mothers, wives, and girls. They are all doing what they would usually do while they are singing such as a carpenter measuring his plank or beam.
Abstract Meaning: The abstract meaning can be how individuality of all American citizens shows how America is so unique and patriotic.