Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I Hear America Singing

The first time through reading this, I thought that Walt Whitman's repetition of "singing" makes the poem bland and monotonous. After rereading it, however, I find that this repetion seems to emphasize the point that everyone in America is taking part in the melody. Each person, by doing their jobs in society, is harmonizing with all the others doing the same to create the melody that is American culture. I think that this is why Whitman is so repitious in his word usage in this poem.


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