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Walt whitman, romance with a stranger - poetry

 

The idea of brief encounters, even romantic encounters, with a stranger recurs often in the verses of Walt Whitman.

Take, for example, these lines from one of the inscriptions that Whitman wrote to his 1860 magazine of Foliage of Grass.
"Stranger, if you cursory meet me and ask to speak to me,
why must you not speak to me?
And why must I not speak to you?"

Clearly, Walt Whitman sees brief, attempt encounters with strangers as an apposite break for the strangers to interact. Conceivably the communiqu? will allow the strangers to befall friends.

In the lines of "To A Stranger," Whitman indicates that the strangers might develop into intimate and friendly friends. The chronicler in the poem is comfortably able to assume himself creating a past annals with the casual stranger and to forecast the opportunities for them to enjoy each other in physically friendly ways.

Here's a line from "Song of the Open Road," in print in 1860.
"Do you know what it is, as you pass, to be loved by strangers? Do you know the talk of those rotating eye-balls?"

And from Whitman's "Carol of Occupations. "
"If you meet some stranger in the streets, and love him or her-why I often meet strangers in the street, and love them. "

Also believe this passage from "Who Is Now Conception This?"
"Or may-be a stranger is appraisal this who has secretly loved me,

Walt Whitman's verses coin a sense of comfort with the idea that strangers can reflectively look at each other and act upon their impulses. I don't know the next come across will be with one's soulmate, as in the line, "You must be he I was seeking," from "To A Stranger. "

It seems cheap to believe that Walt Whitman met many strangers in his duration and enjoyed the encounters. It's been said that Whitman was one of America's first self-identified homosexuals and his lifestyle may have reflected his ease with and attraction to strangers.

"To A Stranger" is also known as "Calamus 22. " "Calamus" is a progression or cluster of 45 poems that were built-in in the editions of Foliage Of Grass.

The "Calamus" chain is about "manly attachment," and it's a chain in which Whitman will "tell the classified of my nights and days. " Both quotation marks are from the first poem in the "Calamus" series.

Among the concluding lines in "To A Stranger," Walt Whitman says, "I am not to speak to you. " a expression characteristic of a man subsequent orders, as in society's assessment aligned with forbidden love. Yet impervious and un-discouraged Whitman says, "I am to see to it that I do not lose you. "

It seems that love, even with a stranger, will find a way.

To A Stranger
By Walt Whitman

Passing stranger! you do not know
How contemplatively I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking,
Or she I was seeking
(It comes to me as a dream)

I have someplace surely
Lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall'd as we flit by each other,
Fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,

You grew up with me,
Were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become
not yours only nor left my body mine only,

You give me the pleasure of your eyes,
face, flesh as we pass,
You take of my beard, breast, hands,
in return,

I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you
when I sit alone or wake at night, alone
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

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Garry Gamber is a broadcast discipline governess and entrepreneur. He writes articles about real estate, shape and nutrition, and internet dating services. He is the owner of http://www. Anchorage-Homes. com and http://www. TheDatingAdvisor. com.


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