This man was a wonderful vigor, calmness, beauty of person, The shape of his head, the pale yellow and white of his hair and beard, the immeasurable meaning of his black eyes, the richness and breadth of his manners, These I used to go and visit him to see, he was wise also, He was six feet tall, he was over eighty years old, his sons were massive, clean, bearded, tan-faced, handsome, They and his daughters loved him, all who saw him loved him, They did not love him by allowance, they loved him with personal love, He drank water only, the blood show'd like scarlet through the clear-brown skin of his face, He was a frequent gunner and fisher, he sail'd his boat himself, he had a fine one presented to him by a ship-joiner, he had fowling-pieces presented to him by men that loved him, When he went with his five sons and many grand-sons to hunt or fish, you would pick him out as the most beautiful and vigorous of the gang, You would wish long and long to be with him, you would wish to sit by him in the boat that you and he might touch each other. The poem also makes reference to the problems of modern times in its brief, shadowy depictions of Civil War battles. . Or the mouth and then the teeth, jaw, tongue. He celebrates the female form by describing a woman's sensuality and her ability to inspire erotic stimulation as well as create new life.
Here, it forms the crucial link that connects each individual self to the communal Democratic self. Strangely the poet, in the previous stanza, has spoken of helping an auctioneer sell a male slave. She too is not only herself--she is the teeming mother of mothers; She is the bearer of them that shall grow and be mates to the mothers. This is the female form; A divine nimbus exhales from it from head to foot; It attracts with fierce undeniable attraction! And if the body were not the Soul, what is the Soul? Your fatherwhere is your father? Gentlemen, look on this wonder! Whitman explains that the self is a shared experience between the poet and the. Have you ever loved the Body of a woman? Readers could take this subtle difference as an indication of Whitman's sexual preference - many historians have hypothesized that the poet was attracted to other men.
Who might you find you have come from yourself, if you could trace back through the centuries? Especially on the last paragraph. This man was of wonderful vigor, calmness, beauty of person; The shape of his head, the pale yellow and white of his hair and beard, and the immeasurable meaning of his black eyes--the richness and breadth of his manners, These I used to go and visit him to see--he was wise also; He was six feet tall, he was over eighty years old--his sons were massive, clean, bearded, tan-faced, handsome; They and his daughters loved him--all who saw him loved him; They did not love him by allowance--they loved him with personal love; 40 He drank water only--the blood show'd like scarlet through the clear- brown skin of his face; He was a frequent gunner and fisher--he sail'd his boat himself--he had a fine one presented to him by a ship-joiner--he had fowling-pieces, presented to him by men that loved him; When he went with his five sons and many grand-sons to hunt or fish, you would pick him out as the most beautiful and vigorous of the gang. The man's body is sacred, and the woman's body is sacred; No matter who it is, it is sacred; Is it a slave? Who might you find you have come from yourself, if you could trace back through the centuries? Within there runs , The same old blood! I pretend I'm not hurt and go about the world like I'm having fun The fact that she pretends means she knows the body is at least partly? There is something in staying close to men and women, and looking on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well; 50 All things please the soul--but these please the soul well. The following are some lines from Whitman's , which, taken out of context, do little to portray this work, but may help to answer the question. We all want to cartwheel through life uncertain if this will be our very last moment. After repeating this process many times, if she keeps being a good grandmother to other children, she will even be ultimately rewarded with the gift of life and humanity.
The United States was already fraying at the seams, pulled apart by debates over slavery and states' rights that would erupt a half-decade later into the Civil War. The father takes the kids to a factory, Facsimile Ltd. Be not ashamed, womenyour privilege encloses the rest, and is the exit of the rest; You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul. Have you ever loved the Body of a woman? Some critics have felt that it is obvious and repetitive; others have found it lacking in the deeper mysteries characteristic of Whitman's major works. Therefore the body is just as important. He acknowledges that all male and female bodies are sacred no matter what. It may confuse some why someone would write about a body electric.
It is also an easy way for him to go about cataloguing America, a nation that is raw material for poetry. In fact, though, it is the opposite. Sections seven and eight take place at a slave auction. Upper-arm, arm-pit, elbow-socket, lower-arm, arm-sinews, arm-bones, 140 Wrist and wrist-joints, hand, palm, knuckles, thumb, fore-finger, finger-balls, finger-joints, finger-nails, Broad breast-front, curling hair of the breast, breast-bone, breast- side, Ribs, belly, back-bone, joints of the back-bone, Hips, hip-sockets, hip-strength, inward and outward round, man-balls, man-root, Strong set of thighs, well carrying the trunk above, Leg-fibres, knee, knee-pan, upper-leg, under leg, Ankles, instep, foot-ball, toes, toe-joints, the heel; All attitudes, all the shapeliness, all the belongings of my or your body, or of any one's body, male or female, The lung-sponges, the stomach-sac, the bowels sweet and clean, The brain in its folds inside the skull-frame, 150 Sympathies, heart-valves, palate-valves, sexuality, maternity, Womanhood, and all that is a woman--and the man that comes from woman, The womb, the teats, nipples, breast-milk, tears, laughter, weeping, love-looks, love-perturbations and risings, The voice, articulation, language, whispering, shouting aloud, Food, drink, pulse, digestion, sweat, sleep, walking, swimming, Poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embracing, arm-curving and tightening, The continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the eyes, The skin, the sun-burnt shade, freckles, hair, The curious sympathy one feels, when feeling with the hand the naked meat of the body, The circling rivers, the breath, and breathing it in and out, 160 The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downward toward the knees, The thin red jellies within you, or within me--the bones, and the marrow in the bones, The exquisite realization of health; O I say, these are not the parts and poems of the Body only, but of the Soul, O I say now these are the Soul! Another famous beauty, Hollywood's Grace Kelly, married the prince of Monaco, becoming a Princess and such became a fantasy for American girls. She became integral and important. It gives us living in this moment.
This is because the human body is the vessel through which the soul interacts with and experiences the world. But in this section as he is just listing the parts of the body there is virtually no use of metaphor. He points out that no one can know what these bodies will eventually be capable of creating especially since children of slaves automatically became slaves as well. General Commentrush is all about hidden meanings and that is what makes them brilliant. All is a procession; The universe is a procession, with measured and beautiful motion.
This is the nucleusafter the child is born of woman, the man is born of woman; This is the bath of birththis is the merge of small and large, and the outlet again. If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred, And the glory and sweet of a man, is the token of manhood untainted; And in man or woman, a clean, strong, firm-fibred body, is beautiful as the most beautiful face. My question is whether or not the ending is a happy or sad one. Whitman always means more than he says. It was an argument-statement, reconnoitring, review, attack, and pressing home. Sometimes with One I Love by Walt Whitman Poetry Foundation agenda angle-down angle-left angleRight arrow-down arrowRight bars calendar caret-down cart children highlight learningResources list mapMarker openBook p1 pin poetry-magazine print quoteLeft quoteRight slideshow tagAudio tagVideo teens trash-o. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1966.
The lists alternate with anecdotal and propositional sections, which allow Whitman to work out some of the issues surrounding the body. If any thing is , the human body is sacred, And the glory and sweet of a man, is the token of manhood untainted; And in man or woman, a clean, strong, firm-fibred body, is beautiful as the most beautiful face. The list enables Whitman to present a great number of disparate items without having to make any claims as to their relative worth; this is a truly democratic way of presenting material. Each belongs here or anywhere just as much as the well-off, just as much as you, Each has his or her place in the procession. I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.
Do you suppose you have a right to a good sight, and he or she has no right to a sight? Do you not see that these are exactly the same to all in all nations and times all over the earth? It looks to me that it's about robots replacing humans for everyday jobs. In this head the all-baffling brain; 100 In it and below it, the makings of heroes. I dare not desert the likes of you in other men and women, nor the likes of the parts of you; 130 I believe the likes of you are to stand or fall with the likes of the Soul, and that they are the Soul; I believe the likes of you shall stand or fall with my poems--and that they are poems, Man's, woman's, child's, youth's, wife's, husband's, mother's, father's, young man's, young woman's poems; Head, neck, hair, ears, drop and tympan of the ears, Eyes, eye-fringes, iris of the eye, eye-brows, and the waking or sleeping of the lids, Mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, roof of the mouth, jaws, and the jaw- hinges, Nose, nostrils of the nose, and the partition, Cheeks, temples, forehead, chin, throat, back of the neck, neck-slue, Strong shoulders, manly beard, scapula, hind-shoulders, and the ample side-round of the chest. Many have criticized the final section, an extensive catalogue of the human body. For Whitman, the body has primacy in its ability to generate experience, which can be compared metaphorically to the generation of children.
Anecdotes, on the other hand, are a way for him to demonstrate the kind of sympathetic experience he hopes his poetry will be. Therefore, in Whitman's poetry, the human body is sacred and every individual human is divine. Whitman means that humans are in a courting with death, gripping onto life and falling headlong just avoiding a premature death. I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman Poetry Foundation agenda angle-down angle-left angleRight arrow-down arrowRight bars calendar caret-down cart children highlight learningResources list mapMarker openBook p1 pin poetry-magazine print quoteLeft quoteRight slideshow tagAudio tagVideo teens trash-o. Or at least I pretend. In this head the all-baffling brain, In it and below it the makings of heroes. The sensuality is prominently discussed to the degree that his publishers tried to have him remove it.