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1861 Analysis



Author: Poetry of Walt Whitman Type: Poetry Views: 260

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ARM'D year! year of the struggle!

No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!

Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas

piano;

But as a strong man, erect, clothed in blue clothes, advancing,

carrying a rifle on your shoulder,

With well-gristled body and sunburnt face and hands--with a knife in

the belt at your side,

As I heard you shouting loud--your sonorous voice ringing across the

continent;

Your masculine voice, O year, as rising amid the great cities,

Amid the men of Manhattan I saw you, as one of the workmen, the

dwellers in Manhattan;

Or with large steps crossing the prairies out of Illinois and

Indiana,

Rapidly crossing the West with springy gait, and descending the

Alleghanies;10

Or down from the great lakes, or in Pennsylvania, or on deck along

the Ohio river;

Or southward along the Tennessee or Cumberland rivers, or at

Chattanooga on the mountain top,

Saw I your gait and saw I your sinewy limbs, clothed in blue, bearing

weapons, robust year;

Heard your determin'd voice, launch'd forth again and again;

Year that suddenly sang by the mouths of the round-lipp'd cannon,

I repeat you, hurrying, crashing, sad, distracted year.





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1861 - Walt Whitman
He first starts to talk about how this year (1861), isn't a very nice time, it's a year of struggle. The rest of the poem talks about how hard things were at the time. I think it's safe to say that this poem is about war, the title (1861) is most likely a time when there is war. He describes how during 1861 after the war and the soldiers started to fight, how they marched south determined to fight for their cause.
Finally the poem ends by stating all that has happened during the war.
It also says how 1861 was a year of great distraction.

| Posted on 2014-05-26 | by a guest


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He first starts to talk about how this year (1861) isnít a very nice time, itís a year of struggle. The rest of the poem is talking about how hard things were in that time. I think that itís safe to say that this poem is about war, the title (1861) is most likely a time when there was war. He describes how during 1861 after the war and soldiers started to fight they marched down South determined to fight for their cause. Finally the poem ends by stating all of the things that happened during the war, also that it was a year of distraction. In this poem thats pretty much all he mentions, war.

| Posted on 2013-03-02 | by a guest


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After the speaker first introduces the attitude towards the year 1861 (line 1), he then continues to say how the poem cannot be simply lighthearted (line 2). The speaker throughout the poem personifies the year as a soldier of the Union Army by describing the blue clothing of a Union soldier. The speaker suggests how, since the Civil war had started, the soldier could no longer be supported by a less physically demanding lifestyle. He then goes on to describe the transition into a strong, rough, masculine man bearing the burdens of war. He also mentions the phrase "rising", which he uses in a plural sense to describe the massive numbers of future soldiers accepting their duty. He mentions how previously these heroically portrayed soldiers were average workers from Manhattan, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The speaker continues on to describe how during 1861, after the war had started and soldiers accumulated, they marched down South determindly to fight for their cause. Finally, the speaker ends his poem by reiterating the tumult of the year with depressing adjectives.

| Posted on 2009-11-12 | by a guest


.: i find my own analysis :.

Interesting. I was looking for one, and it turns out to be mine.

1861 is the beginning of the civil war. it was a chaotic year, since the union suffered many defeats. in here, the speaker personifies the year, describing it as more manly and warlike than "dainty" or "sentimental." the references to places like manhattan and pennsylvania show union troop movements, from where they originate from to where they will head.

anyways, the first 3 lines describe what 1861 is not. the next 4 describes the year as a brave soldier heading out to war. the next 5 lines describe where the soldier is heading to. finally, the last few lines are where the speaker wishes for a quick return to peace.

there, i gave my two cents worth for this poem.

| Posted on 2005-05-23 | by Approved Guest




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