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I Sit And Look Out Analysis

Author: poem of Walt Whitman Type: poem Views: 155

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I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all

    oppression and shame;

I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with

    themselves, remorseful after deeds done;

I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying,

    neglected, gaunt, desperate;

I see the wife misused by her husband--I see the treacherous seducer

    of young women;

I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be

    hid--I see these sights on the earth;

I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny--I see martyrs and


I observe a famine at sea--I observe the sailors casting lots who

    shall be kill'd, to preserve the lives of the rest;

I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon

    laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;

All these--All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look out


See, hear, and am silent.


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He is not shrouding his meaning in this poem. It means exactly what it says.
Oppression and shame in the world
Men depressed after having drank too much, went to the whores too much, beat their wives too much.
Older woman being neglected by her children who she raised - she\'s dying.
Wife is getting beaten by a man who is cheating on her.
He notices people are lonely and not loved.
He sees war.
Sailors go to sea to catch fish to sell for food - but their lives are at risk.
He sees how horribly the poor, blue collar workers, black people and lower classes are treated.
He sees all of this - it\'s all torment for nothing - but he does nothing about it.
It\'s exactly what is going on in the world today.
When reading Walt Whitman imagine him sitting in a rocking chair on some porch sitting and just \"people watching.\" That was where most of his poetry came from - that and being a nurse/aid in the war.

| Posted on 2012-02-28 | by a guest

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Whitman remarking about the \"sorrows, oppression, and shame\" that is in the world
The following are stated as either a sorrow, oppression, or shame
Men that cry in secret after doing something wrong
Mother misused by her children, that is dying, neglected, desperate
Wife misused by husband
Seducer that goes for young women
Jealousy, love not returned
War, sickness, prisoners, martyrs, and tyranny
Sailors that kill some to save the others that are dying of famine(no food)
The people that think they are better than others - in particular laborers , poor, black people, etc
All of the observations seem to have no end, but he hears and sees it all but does nothing.

| Posted on 2012-02-28 | by a guest

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