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Recurring Images and Motifs in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry In the poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman there are many recurring images and motifs that can be seen Whitman develops these images throughout the course of the poem The most dominant of these are the linear notion of time playing roles and nature By examining these motifs and tracing their development ones understanding of the poem becomes highly deepened Whitman challenges the linear notion of time by connecting past with future This can be seen in the first stanza as the poem opens And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me and more in my meditations than you might suppose4-5 This lets the reader know that he has written this with the reader in mind even before that reader existed He challenges time by connecting his time with ours He has preconcived us reading this poem When we read his words we are connected to him and his feelings all in the same time He is sure that after he is gone the water will still run and people will still see the shipping of Manhattanand the heights of Brooklyn 14-15 He makes his past and our futher all one No matter the time nor the distance the reader will experience the same way he experiences at the moment in time he resides Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky so I felt
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