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I Hear America Singing

Poetry Group Project

Michelle Spreadbury

on 14 February 2013

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Transcript of I Hear America Singing

May 31, 1819-March 26, 1892
Born in Huntington, NY (Long Island)
Known as the father of free verse
His professions were: a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, volunteer nurse during civil war
died at 72
2nd of 9 children
thought of his childhood as "restless" and "unhappy" By: Michelle, Annie,
and Tom "I Hear America Singing"
By: Walt Whitman About Walt Whitman Poem Meaning By: Walt Whitman "I Hear America Singing" Poetic Devices Line1: Walt claims to hear many different versions of song as he walks along the streets of America. He does not say they are good or bad. America has many varied with diverse cultures.
Lines 2-6: Mr. Whitman speaks of every possible positioning within the workforce. Whether mechanic, carpenter, mason, boatman, deckhand, shoemaker, wood cutter or plow-boy, there was a song to sing. Mr. Whitman was saying that each person had a story to tell. Each story is different from the other yet they all have the chance to speak it.
Lines 7-10: The last lines speak of mothers, wives, young girls and young men also having their own song. "Each singing what belongs to her". This can be taken to mean that all are equal here in the United States of America. However, they did have the right to speak or "sing" as he so poetically put it. Line By Line Analysis Freedom
American pride
Enjoy life
Do what you love
Look on the bright side of things
Be proud of who you are 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 off
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck-
hand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
as he stands,
The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morn-
ing, 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. Rhyme Scheme: none
Meter/Rhythm: none, it is written in free verse, he does not use repetition to create rhyme or rhythm
Synecdoche: "America" in line 1 represents workers. Whitman is celebrating the greatness of America by celebrating the greatness of its individuals
Word Choice: "Carols" in line 1 is a connotative charged word. It is most often associated with holy songs about Christmas; Walt uses it to represent everyday songs.
"Each singing what belongs to her" sends the message of people speaking out their feeling even though its not accepted in this time period
Metaphor: the poem displays the actions of workers being compared to music
Repetition: "the" in the final seven lines help create rhythm of work
Theme: Whitman's poem celebrates the individuals who make America great and the right to individual liberty that makes it possible
Speaker: Walt Whitman (First Person) "I Hear America Singing Title analysis We think the title is representing American Citizens "singing" or expressing their freedom and independence Reevaluate Title "I Hear America Singing" After reading the poem: The title means the hard workers of America freely expressing their devotion to their country
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