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O' me O' life

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on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of O' me O' life

O' me O' life
The universal message of the poem is that life is a gift and you should cherish every second, and never give up believing in yourself.
The peak of the mountain is found when you've seen the abyss.
3. Literary Devices
- "Of eyes that vainly crave the light..." (Walt Whitman, O Me! O Life!)
Explanation: This line uses descriptive language to paint a picture in the reader's head. When you read it, you imagine a poor person or a hobo that asks for money on the street and doesn't believe that they can never succeed again. The hobo represents the eyes and his attitude for his lack to succeed in anything resembles "vainly craving the light."
- "Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill'd with the foolish..."
Explanation: Above, the stanza talks about the negativity of the whole world. This is an exaggerated expression of how the speaker sees the world, so he can send his message across. He/she talks about cites "filled" with the foolish, but cities don't often work in that form because human intelligence is increasing and developing every day.
- In this poem, majority of the lines all start with the word "of." This pattern was placed in by the author because it gives emphasis and makes the reader think why it comes up so often. I believe that the speaker of the poem is giving so much effect to this word, because the definition states that the word "of" indicates the origin. Thus meaning that he/she thinks that all this negativity the speaker sees revolving around him is originating from all these things.
Audience of the poem
The audience of the poem is the speaker talking to himself. We thought the audience was the speaker himself because throughout the poem he mentions "o me, o life" several times, which shows how hes questioning his own life.
Speaker of the poem
The speaker of the poem can be a man or women that is struggling to find out who he is and is comparing himself to the foolish and faithless people of society. This poem was written in 1900 by Walt Whitman during the american civil war.
Song or poem represents similar theme.
We have chosen the song "One life" by Hedley because it relates to the answer of the poem to find a purpose in life and follow through. Also Hedley could be the wise guy voice at the end of the poem because the lyrics state that:
"One life don't stop livin' up"
How "Carpe Diem" Relates to the Poem
The speaker of this poem is questioning his fate and sees no importance in his existence. As a result he insists on taking his life. However another character, a wiser person, tells him that he is here for a reason and he needs to contribute to that reason. Carpe diem, or seizing the day, is the idea that the poor speaker is going to make the most of his life now that he has seen the repercussions of being in question.
Why it was Included In The Movie
This poem was included in the movie because it is a more emotional and moving way of expressing how the protagonist, Neal Perry feels.
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