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Throughout our lifetime we are constantly in a state of acquiring knowledge In childhood we are taught the basics to survival in our modern day society our teachers prepare us Unfortunately the tools we use in our journey cannot be obtained through someone elses teachings As we progress through life we are faced with many trials and tribulations but through these we come to comprehend the important values and necessities we need to succeed in our world Walt Whitmans poem When I Heard The Learnd Astronomer demonstrates this fact of life through many different means He is suggesting that personal experience through heart gives us a better understanding of lifes contents He shows us this through mind and teachings with explanations through heart and personal experience and the difference between both Many of us have different methods of learning maybe we excel through visual means some through verbal means but just because we hear something doesnt necessarily mean we have learned from it nor does it mean we have understood what has been said Many of us find ourselves staring into space daydreaming allowing the words that are supposed to educate us to pass through one ear and out the other A perfect example of this can be seen in the title of the poem as well as in the first line When I Heard The Learnd Astronomer we can see that the word heard is used to describe that he does in fact hear the words of the astronomer but in this statement another meaning emerges The secondary meaning cannot be easily discovered A perfect example of one listening but the words remaining nothing but a scramble of sounds Through our task of acquiring knowledge we face many barriers problems
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