Walt Whitman and Imagery

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colm Jan. 22nd, 2009 Mr. Pactor Lit. 2000 Walt Whitman and Imagery Imagery is a main concept in all of Walt Whitman’s poetry. He uses imagery to explain how he feels and to convey what he thinks is important. But what does he describe to show all of his emotions? The most frequent imagery that he uses is nature and all of the natural objects that surround him. He also uses urban subjects like cities and working people to describe some of the sentiments he feels. Finally, Mr. Whitman uses war to describe other emotions that he wishes to impart. Walt Whitman uses imagery, be it of nature, cities and people, or war, to illustrate all of the points that he wants to convey in his poems. Walt Whitman uses imagery in the poem “Song of Myself” to express the persistence and the stubbornness of humans as well as all animals in nature. He does this by using examples from nature to prove his point. In this poem, Mr. Whitman explains “In vain the buzzard houses herself with the sky, / In vain the snake slides through the creepers and logs, / In vain the elk takes to the inner passes of the woods…” (“Song of Myself” pg. 50). What Mr. Whitman is trying to say is that people do daily tasks without thinking about them. Some of those works people will do over and over without making any progress. So in vain people will try to do something over and over and will never change it or succeed. Walt Whitman also uses imagery in his poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”. Instead of talking about nature to illustrate his point like he did in “Song of Myself”, he focused more on the urban city that was around him. He also spoke of the people that use the city and the river to make a living. Mr. Whitman states that “The sailors at work in the rigging or out astride the spars, / The round masts, the swinging motion of the hulls, the slender serpentine 
pennants, / The large and
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