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Trickle, Drops

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Sophia Rappaport

on 11 October 2014

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Transcript of Trickle, Drops

First Stanza
Overview
Close Reading
Speaker - Whitman, the author of the piece, is also the speaker, both referring to himself as 'I' and making references to himself as he writes the piece (I.e."Glow upon all I have written"). He speaks in a combination of fully formed sentences and bursts of thought, taking several pauses, as indicated by the dashes, to develop his thoughts

The speaker directly refers to the blood, stating, "From wounds made to free you whence you were prison'd"

Main Subject - his bleeding, personified in order to symbolize his overflowing confessions and powerful emotions

Genre - Prose

Form and Meter
Starts with two exclamations, a common feature among his work
Repetition
"Drops" - each repetition of 'drops' s prefaced with a characteristic (i.e. slow drops, bleeding drops, confession drops, etc.
"From.... - three lines reference the leaking of blood from the speaker
"Let it..." - a direct

Trickle, Drops (1891)
TRICKLE drops! my blue veins leaving!
O drops of me! trickle, slow drops,
Candid from me falling, drip, bleeding drops,
From wounds made to free you whence you were prison'd,
From my face, from my forehead and lips,
From my breast, from within where I was conceal'd, press forth red
drops, confession drops,
Stain every page, stain every song I sing, every word I say, bloody
drops,
Let them know your scarlet heat, let them glisten,
Saturate them with yourself all ashamed and wet,
Glow upon all I have written or shall write, bleeding drops,
Let it all be seen in your light, blushing drops.
by: Sophia Rappaport, Kristen Patterson, and Jennifer Xiao
Trickle, Drops
Our Argument
The poet’s use of
symbolism
and
imagery

allows him to confess his previously hidden emotions.
Second Stanza
TRICKLE drops! my blue veins leaving!
O drops of me! trickle, slow drops,
Candid from me falling, drip, bleeding drops,
From wounds made to free you whence you were prison'd,
From my face, from my forehead and lips,
From my breast, from within where I was conceal'd, press forth red
drops, confession drops,
Stain every page, stain every song I sing, every word I say, bloody
drops,
Let them know your scarlet heat, let them glisten,
Saturate them with yourself all ashamed and wet,
Glow upon all I have written or shall write, bleeding drops,
Let it all be seen in your light, blushing drops.
At first he is talking to his blood
Sense of shedding pain and emotion, “confession drops”
Allowing his emotions to be in everything

Don’t be ashamed of your emotion
Let everyone see it and embrace it

Clues:
change in the second stanza
from imagery (first stanza) to more emotional (second stanza)
he describes the blood as it slowly descends

TRICKLE drops! my
blue veins
leaving!
O drops of me!
trickle, slow drops
,
Candid from me falling,
drip, bleeding drops
,
From wounds made to free you whence you were prison'd
,
From my face, from my forehead and lips,
From my breast, from within where I was conceal'd
,
press forth red
drops
, confession drops,

Stain every page, stain every song I sing, every word I say, bloody
drops,
Let them know your
scarlet heat
, let them
glisten
,
Saturate them with yourself all ashamed
and
wet
,
Glow upon all I have written
or shall write, bleeding drops,
Let it all be seen in your
light, blushing drops
.

stain, scarlet heat, saturate, glow, blushing - more emotion


Evidence:
"From wounds made to free you whence you were prison'd, "
Whitman felt like he was holding everything in, but when he let his emotions out he felt free
"...from within where I was conceal'd, press forth red drops, confession drops,"
He was hiding his feelings, but finally confessed them
"Stain every page, stain every song I sing, every word I say, bloody drops,"
Embracing his once hidden emotions
"Let it all be seen in your light, blushing drops."
Again, let everyone see your emotions and embrace them
"From my face, from my forehead and lips"
Multiple wounds reflect the multiple life experiences that the speaker lived through that changed him emotionally
Close Reading
Figures of Speech - "Let it all be seen in your light..."

Imagery- The imagery centers around the blood and its slow dripping from the speaker's many figurative wounds
"Trickle, slow drops"
"Candid from me falling, drip, bleeding drops,"
"Press forth red drops"
Imagery is much heavier in the second part of the poem
"Let them know your scarlet heat"
"Let them glisten..."
"In your light, blushing drop"

Symbolism - blood escaping wounds = built-up, hidden emotions are being released in the form of confessions as the speaker encounters new life experiences

Poet’s Life
The speaker has throughout his life, encountered many significant and scarring challenges, be it to himself or to those around him.
Slavery
Sexuality
Career

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