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O Me! O Life! Analysis



Author: Poetry of Walt Whitman Type: Poetry Views: 1512




O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the
foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I,
and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light--of the objects mean--of the
struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all--of the plodding and sordid crowds I see
around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest--with the rest me
intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O
life?

Answer.

That you are here--that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

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It's very clear. He starts by saying that he has always questioned himself and life like most people regularly do. What am I supposed to do with my life? Does it matter that I am here? Do I have a fate or a destiny? Then questioning further what is the purpose of life and why do we have to question these same things over and over again. The fact that there are tons of others in this world like him, faithless and without direction and foolish and he admits he may be amongst the worst of them. Always criticizing and analyzing himself in a negative light.
How he along with other people long to become more and long to see the truth of what the meaning of life is. To struggle to become great as he sees others slowly marching along in life trying to make their way. It's also how that even despite how our plans often fail and we often fail as a people ...despite those poor outcomes we push on. It all eventually begins to seem pointless and useless and without merit and he is just another one lost in the bunch. Such a sad concept that it's all for nothing and has no meaning. Life with no purpose? All our actions are meaningless. Then it hits him. Those very actions are our purpose, those contributions no matter how insignificant they seem represent our chance to make an impact, leave our mark, or contribute our view while we are here. Even if we do nothing else in life simply contributing our tiny portion is enough. Thus leaving proof that we lived and existed. That is the meaning of life, to leave proof in whatever way that you lived.

| Posted on 2014-02-24 | by a guest


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I believe this quote is about life, that everyone has thier ups and downs. That we as humans, we should fix our negative attitudes towards life.

| Posted on 2013-02-19 | by a guest


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I think that this poem will show us how difficult it is to write a poem after smoking weed. Maybe he wanted to tell us how short our life is, and how much up and downs it has for this time. Sometimes it seems that life is really useless, because there are a lot of Idiots around you. So smole weed if your life seems to become useless, and write a poem.

| Posted on 2012-12-12 | by a guest


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This poem is a metaphor to show us our life is short and really unnecessary to life.
Didn`t he tried to kill himself with a lot of Opium?

| Posted on 2012-12-12 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about irradicated sex. I was reading it in a donut shop, as the waitress dipped her tubular chest over elderly men---and it all came to me. Whitman often times enjoyed Opium..so, things that would seemingly make sense to us is completely reversed for him. Walt had many fetishes, including shrowding his fetishes in poetry for others to manipulate towards their own lives. \'Leaves of Grass\' stood for pubic hair. It\'s really weird, but Whitman is an ingenius guy.

| Posted on 2011-12-18 | by a guest


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This poem, as all poems, can be interpreted several ways. My first take was that the author saw his own imperfections in the people around him and pondered if the people of the world, himself included, had anything of value to offer, and that the answer is yes, if opportunities are taken.
Second reading I got the old \"What\'s it all about, Alfie?\" and the answer that it was about being here, stepping up to the plate and into the game called life.
Third reading I found a person wondering if life is worth living and the answer that he is a unique individual, with something to contribute (as everyone has something to contribute), so yes, it is worth living.
Similar takes, but not the same at all. Everyone has their own interpretation, and unless you can speak to the author (good luck on that), all interpretations are valid.

| Posted on 2011-10-27 | by a guest


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This poem, as all poems, can be interpreted several ways. My first take was that the author saw his own imperfections in the people around him and pondered if the people of the world, himself included, had anything of value to offer, and that the answer is yes, if opportunities are taken.
Second reading I got the old \"What\'s it all about, Alfie?\" and the answer that it was about being here, stepping up to the plate and into the game called life.
Third reading I found a person wondering if life is worth living and the answer that he is a unique individual, with something to contribute (as everyone has something to contribute), so yes, it is worth living.
Similar takes, but not the same at all. Everyone has their own interpretation, and unless you can speak to the author (good luck on that), all interpretations are valid.

| Posted on 2011-10-27 | by a guest


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The poem stands by itself. It needs no explanation. But I should add that Whitman believes that even the semi-literate people who posted all the above comments may have a part to play in the great drama that is our life.

| Posted on 2011-09-10 | by a guest


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This poem was confusing at first then I thought wait this guys is just explaining the truth, people in the world just live in a different world and they are lazy and think they are good for nothing but he asks the question and and the answer hit me its the truth, you need to make your mark in life, or you are not gonna make it.

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest


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This poem was confusing at first then I thought wait this guys is just explaining the truth, people in the world just live in a different world and they are lazy and think they are good for nothing but he asks the question and and the answer hit me its the truth, you need to make your mark in life, or you are not gonna make it.

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest


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this poem was like confusing at first then i thought wait this guys is just explaining the truth people in the world just live in a different world and that their lazy and think their good for nothing but he ask the question and and the answer hit me its true

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest


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THIS IS LAME. WHY CANT PEOPLE WRITE FREAKING EASY ENGLISH?! I PONDER WHY PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE LIFE SO DIFFICULT. SHUT UP.

| Posted on 2011-03-22 | by a guest


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The poem addresses meaninglessness and misery, insecurity and failthlessness. It is a side of life that poses the question \"What is there left that is good?\"
Whitman answers with a complete list. Brief yet complete. Stark and sad, yet complete.
Answer: Life is am opportunity, individually and collectively, for self-expression.

| Posted on 2011-02-21 | by a guest


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In this poem whitman uses the same universal \"i\" as he does in many of his works. he wonders about what he has been put on earth to do, but really this question is the fundamental question of all men... what am i meant to do in life?

| Posted on 2010-11-02 | by a guest


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i think its a boring poem given me to read
i hate it but it was a touching poem

| Posted on 2010-10-08 | by a guest


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Man reflects on life, on the fate of being human. In the face of the inevitability of death, what meaning can life have?
Well, that life exists, that you can live and add to life's tapestry whilst you are here.
J Arbin

| Posted on 2010-03-01 | by a guest


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Actually, the poet was writing about how he is amidst a crowd of people who look like they have nothing to do, no sense, no direction, no encouragement to act. This depresses him and he asks the meaning of life, what people were born to do.
And the answer? In the "answer" section of the poem, how life is like a giant poem and each and every one of us contributes to that poem.

| Posted on 2010-01-13 | by a guest


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this poem is meant to be uplifting to the reader.the main idea is that no matter what you go through you have to forget it and keep on going. Whitman was probably feeling bad about himself and wrote this poem.

| Posted on 2009-11-09 | by a guest


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life is like an obstacle you go through trials and tribultions to discover the journey of what happiness, pain, and love ceb bring to a person spiritual life of understanding change happens for a reason with a blink of an eye. though society overlooks their troubled times and depend on help when the help is too late to catch.

| Posted on 2008-10-21 | by a guest


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Life has its ups and its downs. and no matter who or what you become life will always go on. We as a human race are in the same struggle together.. and we work together to bring happiness to each one of our lives. So i encourage all people who read this. Whatever verse you leave.. may it be good or bad.. is original and unique.

| Posted on 2008-06-04 | by a guest


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don't give up..thats the best idea given here...when life is tearing you down..just remember you are in good health...you are in control of your destiny...become who you want to be

| Posted on 2008-03-06 | by a guest




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