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Elaine1110
Need some help on Walt Whitman's poem, For Him I Sing "FOR him I sing, (As some perennial tree, out of its roots, the present on the past:) With time and space I him dilate—and fuse the immortal laws, To make himself, by them, the law unto himself. " I don't really get it. Is this poem talking about immortal love? The poet's keens of nature? Or any other things else?
Feb 10, 2012 1:38 AM
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This is a poem contained in his book, "Leaves of Grass." "The "him" for whom the poet sings is his ideal man of imagination and vision. "I raise the present on the past," Whitman says, comparing this process to the growth of a tree from its roots. He also depicts, he says, the ideal man's movement in space and in time. He is a "law unto himself." Reference Credit Goes to: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/Leaves-of-Grass-Summary-and-Analysis-Inscriptions-For-Him-I-Sing-.id-60,pageNum-5.html **Cliff Notes have helped many a student get through term papers, test, and other analysis of literature. Thumbs up for Cliff Notes...most USA students find using the study guide near essential.
February 10, 2012
Elaine1110
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