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I Sit And Look Out Analysis



Author: Poetry of Walt Whitman Type: Poetry Views: 2583

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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

prisoners;

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 upon,

See, hear, and am silent.10





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stop spamming this page please. This might be a short response but I believe this poem depicted the suffering of everybody. There are many issues contemplating our world and there are nothing to stop these problems. The observer in the poem (first person) does not have the powers to make changes but uselessly sits and imagine a better world. These issues manifested our time until today and the world has not change. The poet\'s main point is we should overlook these universal issues and take in to accounts of fixing them, thus creating a better place.

| Posted on 2013-03-24 | by a guest


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stop spamming this page please. This might be a short response but I believe this poem depicted the suffering of everybody. There are many issues contemplating our world and there are nothing to stop these problems. The observer in the poem (first person) does not have the powers to make changes but uselessly sits and imagine a better world. These issues manifested our time until today and the world has not change. The poet\'s main point is we should overlook these universal issues and take in to accounts of fixing them, thus creating a better place.

| Posted on 2013-03-24 | by a guest


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stop spamming this page please. This might be a short response but I believe this poem depicted the suffering of everybody. There are many issues contemplating our world and there are nothing to stop these problems. The observer in the poem (first person) does not have the powers to make changes but uselessly sits and imagine a better world. These issues manifested our time until today and the world has not change. The poet\'s main point is we should overlook these universal issues and take in to accounts of fixing them, thus creating a better place.

| Posted on 2013-03-24 | by a guest


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stop spamming this page please. This might be a short response but I believe this poem depicted the suffering of everybody. There are many issues contemplating our world and there are nothing to stop these problems. The observer in the poem (first person) does not have the powers to make changes but uselessly sits and imagine a better world. These issues manifested our time until today and the world has not change. The poet\'s main point is we should overlook these universal issues and take in to accounts of fixing them, thus creating a better place.

| Posted on 2013-03-24 | by a guest


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stop spamming this page please. This might be a short response but I believe this poem depicted the suffering of everybody. There are many issues contemplating our world and there are nothing to stop these problems. The observer in the poem (first person) does not have the powers to make changes but uselessly sits and imagine a better world. These issues manifested our time until today and the world has not change. The poet\'s main point is we should overlook these universal issues and take in to accounts of fixing them, thus creating a better place.

| Posted on 2013-03-24 | by a guest


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This poem portays notig tth irrefuable truth that the poet find it aptly easy to comment on sitation but is just happy seeing the miseries of the world .... He wouldn\'t want to get up from his comfortable amchair and leave his bowl of popcorn uneaten to do good to the world.

| Posted on 2013-03-12 | by a guest


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in Walt Whitman\'s poem \"I Sit and Look Out,\" he hears and sees \"all the sorrows of the world,\" \"oppression and shame,\" \"battle, pestilence, tyranny,\" \"slights and degradations,\" \"all the meanness and agony without end.\"

| Posted on 2013-02-22 | by a guest


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The narrator of the poem(persona) is described as a bystander, who sees all but doesnt( or cant) do anything about it. It shows that the boundaries of time and life doest not hold fencing for such cruelty, hatred and agony.

| Posted on 2012-12-24 | by a guest


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The Observations of Whitman concerning the sorrows and suffering of human kind are just that--observations. The silence at the conclusion of this poem gives the keen observer of the poet an insight that is often overlooked in academia; Walt Whitman knew what the occultist and the mystic knows and his silence was the result of his knowledge and wisdom concerning the Causal chain.
The Great Cosmic Law of Consequences was at work in every incident of sorrow and suffering he spoke about. Whitman was not silent because of Indifference; he was silent because knew that the victims of suffering owed a karmic debt. He knew also that the perpetrators created, by their actions, a karmic debt that must in time be paid off. In other words they will reap in another life time what they sowed in the lifetime that Whitman wrote of. This is the way it is; this is the way it was, and this is the way it always will be under the twin laws of Consequences and Rebirth.

| Posted on 2012-10-25 | by a guest


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\"I sit and look out\" is a poem about modern society. The narrator is looking out of the window at life- and all that he sees is Sorrow, Suffering, Corruption and Degradation of society.
The advent of capitalism and industrialization has had a tremendous impact on the moral values of the people who choose to be detailed observers, as echoed in the title.
In this poem, Walt Whitman comments on various matters, but passes no judgement. He allows the readers to make their own interpretations without moral impositions.
Whitman was a believer in Individiualism. He preferred to trust his own instincts on matters, which is why he leaves judgement to the readers of the poem.
The last line of the poem conveys a helplessness and inability to adress these perennial issues. The poem calls for an awakening in the readers minds, so that they do not simply \"Sit and Look Out\" but take action and find solutions to society\'s demons (i.e. the problems mentioned in the poem), and to change the world.
All the observations were made during the poets time, the 20th century, and sadly the world has not changed since then.

| Posted on 2012-09-30 | by a guest


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This poem really was something...shook me from head to foot

| Posted on 2012-04-21 | by a guest


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I believe the poem focuses on the hatred, greed and other sins of human nature. It conjures up a sense of hopelessness and questions wheather anything can be done to change the situation of the western world

| Posted on 2011-11-09 | by a guest


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I say, I will be a bystander, now give me 2 dollah.

| Posted on 2011-01-04 | by a guest


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Whitman ask\'s. Are you going to be a participant..or a bystander?

| Posted on 2010-12-06 | by a guest


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I liked so much this poem, because it show us the problems that exist in the world and the poet sees but can\'t fix it...

| Posted on 2010-11-08 | by a guest


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this reminds of the time when me and my baby were making love :) he said \"i\'m sitting, watching you scream, and I\'m not doin\' nothin\'\"....then I got preggers b/c he came in me lmao...thats what happened when two fifteen year olds aren\'t careful!!!
~~MIzZEz sHANiiiQA JanE M0Thaaa 0F FOUR....STUNTiiiN SInceEE 10/4/1990

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


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All the horrors of the world, all left to themselves by whatever divine being you may believe in. No better critique of religion has ever been written.

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest


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this poem is touching and reflects our society and the cruelty in society.it is an eye opening poem.this poem is in our school syllabus[class eleven] that is how i came across this beautiful poem.it is fantastic

| Posted on 2010-05-09 | by a guest


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personally i feel like these people that commented shows that people really dont have respect for other people views, Walt Witman was a great poet & he showd that no matter what race or social status yu come from, yu need respect

| Posted on 2010-04-26 | by a guest


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This poem is so deep, it's ridiculous. It just stabs you in the heart.

| Posted on 2010-04-14 | by a guest


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i love this poem sooo much it means so many things. i lov it almost as much as i love my nathan...love you baby =]

| Posted on 2010-01-18 | by a guest


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pretty cool poem that i had to read and write an analysis on for english class.

| Posted on 2010-01-18 | by a guest


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This poem describes to us a greater being who has the ability to reflect, at a distance, on our wrongs. The persona of the poem can be interpreted as a religious figure who is all seeing, yet does not take action to stop the violence and vulgar life of the poem. As it was uncommon for women to be mentioned in a sympathetic light during this era line five can be interpreted as mother nature who has been ridiculed by her children. I believe that this poem is a significant reflection of Walt Witlams values and attitudes. Thus the poem has more emotion if you are able to understand Whitmam, may i suggest a reading of Whitman's preface of Leaves of Grass from 1855. I believe that this may help us to connect with Whitman's real intentions and motive of this poem.

| Posted on 2009-10-02 | by a guest


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la complicacion en cuestion demuestra claramente sobre este tratado que su signifiado implica una gran ramificacion acustica, por lo que ustedes seņores gringos no cachan ni una falacia de la que digo en este presiso momento...lo gringos van a quedar enteramente traumados con el espaņol ...

| Posted on 2009-07-02 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2009-03-18 | by a guest


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I like this poem, NOT. It really did not caught my attention when I read the last line, and I hated to read it over again. It's not meaningful and cannot be applied to our society today. We see that happiness and peace is universal (men, women, children, the rich, the poor, etc.) and we also see that it transcends time. The use of parallelism within the poem creates the scene of someone who is a bystander, simply observing and taking in all the sights and sounds. And I could hate it on and on, and it's a really bad poem if you get to understand it on a deeper level.

| Posted on 2009-03-18 | by a guest


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I like this poem, it really caught my attention when I read the last line, and had to read it over again. It's very meaningful and can be applied to our society today. We see that suffering is universal (men, women, children, the rich, the poor, etc.) and we also see that it transcends time. The use of parallelism within the poem creates the scene of someone who is a bystander, simply observing and taking in all the sights and sounds. And I could ramble on and on, but it's a really great poem if you get to understand it on a deeper level.

| Posted on 2009-03-18 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2009-03-18 | by a guest


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allah in3al din din din dial hawel dial mkom yalah

| Posted on 2008-12-28 | by a guest


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I like this poem, it really caught my attention when I read the last line, and had to read it over again. It's very meaningful and can be applied to our society today. We see that suffering is universal (men, women, children, the rich, the poor, etc.) and we also see that it transcends time. The use of parallelism within the poem creates the scene of someone who is a bystander, simply observing and taking in all the sights and sounds. And I could ramble on and on, but it's a really great poem if you get to understand it on a deeper level.

| Posted on 2008-11-14 | by a guest


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wow, that response is very repetitive lol. i think its a great poem that conveys the truth in the world. the problems revealed in this poem are still problems today, beacsue not enough people try to correct these problems. nobody cares about anybody but themselves, and it is a shame to see how crude and selfish the world really is.

| Posted on 2008-11-11 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2006-01-07 | by Approved Guest




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