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"A Glimpse" Walt Whitman
Transcript of "A Glimpse" Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York. At the age of twelve, Whitman began to learn printers trade, he continued to work printers trade for five years. Around this time is when Whitman discovered his passion for literature. After printers trade, he began his career as a teacher in Long Island. He continued to teach until 1841, when he decided to become a full time journalist. In, 1848 Whitman was given the oppurtunity to work for the New Orleans Crescent. During his time in the New Orleans Crescent, he witnessed slavery in the city. He was repulsed of what he saw and opposed slavery, but he did not always support abolitionists, because of their belief on democracy, he was a huge advocate for politics. Whitman continued to do journalism, he had a love for poetry, writing in his own unique style. During this time is when he wrote famous seminal work "Leaves of Grass". After suffering a stroke he stayed in Camden, he bought a home, and spent his time writing poems and new editions of his books, until his death on March 26, 1892.
The line "There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word" creates a happy and loving picture. The purpose of this word choice is to create and establish the emotional connection between the poet and the youth.
Walt is remarkably known to write in free-verse. In this poem, Walt uses atypical syntax. For example, Walt writes "...I unremark'd seated in a corner" instead of " I sat in a corner unremark'd"
"Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room around the stove", Walt uses a considerable amount of imagery. This helps to establish the setting and helps the reader to understand the intimacy between the two lovers.
In the poem " A Glimpse" by Walt Whitman, it's about two lovers in a bar surrounded by constant commotion that they have no concern for. Instead, with all the clutter going on around them, they are to consumed and enjoying one another presence to even bother to notice. Whitman highlights something special in this poem. We can infer that the statement that Whitman is trying to make, is love has the power to remain constant and special throughout everyday disruptions or distractions in life. Love can make life a little less hectic. Which shows a quick "Glimpse" or a quick sense of how peace feels. Stating that love should bring calmness to your surroundings not even more chaos to life's difficulties.
Free Verse Poem
A glimpse through an interstice caught,
Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room around the stove late of a winter night, and I unremark’d seated in a corner,
Of a youth who loves me and whom I love, silently approaching and seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand,
A long while amid the noises of coming and going, of drinking and oath and smutty jest,
There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word.
"A Glimpse", can relate to individuals in different senses, the overall poem states that love is constant no matter of life disruptions and distractions. The theme of "A Glimpse" is relatable in today's world as for any who has been in love or has loved an individual. Relationships have its up and downs but no matter life disruptions and distractions, the love is constant. The love of a mother or the love of your significant other will always have it ups and downs, but the love will always be constant.
Real World Application
Whitman is one of America's most influential poets, he was known for his free verse poems usually discussing radial topics of that time. He always talked about topics not discussed during that time period such as sexuality. Some of his poems give the idea of homosexuality all though it is not confirmed, some have speculation of Whitman sexuality. All though the love life of Whitman was never discussed it seems he had both female and male lovers.
Whitman, Walt. A Glimpse.1900
Price, Kenneth. Folsmon Ed."About Walt Whitman".www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/whitman/bio.htm